Leetown Science Center


Welcome to the USGS Leetown Science Center (LSC).    The LSC has a long history of delivering science and technology to help federal and state mangers preserve our Nation’s fisheries resources and fishing heritage.  Research capabilities are centered on migratory fish conservation, aquatic animal health, aquatic ecology and fish biology, and invasive and imperiled species.

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Date published: May 23, 2019

Public Lecture Series - Wildlife, Water, and One-health: Considerations for Wildlife in Water Related Disasters

May 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EDT at USGS Leetown Science Center, Fish Health Conference Room, 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia

Date published: May 2, 2019

Connecting Point Fish Migration Story

Brian Sullivan from WGBY, a public television station in Springfield, MA, came to Conte the week of April 22nd and spent two days interviewing and filming for a short piece on migratory fish in the Connecticut River. 

Date published: March 25, 2019

USGS Leetown Science Center to Host Earth Day Open House

USGS Leetown Science Center (LSC) to host Earth Day Open House on Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


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Early genetic outcomes of American black bear reintroductions in the Central Appalachians, USA

Habitat loss and overexploitation extirpated American black bears (Ursus americanus) from most of the Central Appalachians, USA, by the early twentieth century. To attempt to restore bears to the southwestern portion of this region, 2 reintroductions that used small founder groups (n = 27 and 55 bears), but different release methods (hard versus...

Murphy, Sean M.; Hast, John T.; Augustine, Ben C.; Weisrock, David W.; Clark, Joseph D.; Kocka, David. M; Ryan, Christopher W.; Sajecki, Jaime L.; Cox, John J.

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Establishing molecular methods to quantitatively profile gastric diet items of fish—Application to the invasive blue catfish (ictalurus furcatus)

Understanding the diet of invasive species helps researchers to more accurately assess the health, survivorship, growth, and stability of an invasive fish species, as well as their effects on native populations. Techniques capable of identifying multiple prey species from fish stomach contents have been developed. In this study, a multi-locus...

Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Schill, William B.; Sanders, Lakyn R.; Tim Groves; Groves, Mary C.
Iwanowicz, D.D., Schill, W.B., Sanders, L.R., Groves, T., and Groves, M.C., 2019, Establishing molecular methods to quantitatively profile gastric diet items of fish—Application to the invasive blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1021, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191021.

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State-space analysis of power to detect regional brook trout population trends over time

Threats to aquatic biodiversity are expressed at broad spatial scales, but identifying regional trends in abundance is challenging owing to variable sampling designs, and temporal and spatial variation in abundance. We compiled a regional dataset of brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis counts across their southern range representing 326 sites from...

Pregler, Kasey C.; Hanks, R. Daniel; Childress, Evan S.; Hitt, Nathaniel P.; Hocking, Daniel J.; Letcher, Benjamin H.; Kanno, Yoichiro