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Clayton Raines

Clay is a Biological Science Technician at the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center, National Fish Health Research Laboratory in Kearneysville, WV.

I previously worked as a biologist with the WV DNR, as well as the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute where I oversaw restoration and monitoring efforts for threatened and endangered freshwater species as well as conducted research on a variety of fisheries management topics. Additionally, I studied Southeast reservoir fish ecology and physiology as a graduate research assistant at Mississippi State University. I also completed a GIS internship with Jefferson County Planning and Zoning, as well as conducting research at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute and USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station.


  • 2008-2013 Degree: Honors BS, Biology-Ecological Science University: Shepherd University Shepherdstown, WV
  • 2014-2017 Degree: MS Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Sciences University: Mississippi State University Starkville, MS
  • 2020-Current Degree: PhD, Fisheries Resource Management University: West Virginia University Morgantown, WV

Professional Experience:

  • August 2019-Current Employer: USGS - National Fish Health Research Lab Job Title: Research Technician
  • February 2018-August 2019 Employer: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Job Title: Fisheries Biologist
  • October 2017-January 2018 Employer: Critter Control Job Title: Wildlife Biologist
  • December 2015-October 2017 Employer: Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute Job Title: Reintroduction Biologist
  • June 2014-December 2015 Employer: Mississippi State University Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant
  • September 2013-January 2015 Employer: USDA Fruit Research Station Job Title: Biological Science Aid
  • September 2013-June 2014 Employer: The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute Job Title: Research Technician


  • WV Chapter of the American Fisheries Society- Secretary/Treasurer
  • WV Health Science and Technology Academy- Research Coordinator
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS) – member
  • Early Career Professional Section- member
  • Marine Fisheries Subsection -member
  • AFS Fish Culture Subsection- member
  • AFS Fish Health Subsection -member

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