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Nathaniel (Than) Hitt, PhD

Dr. Nathaniel (Than) P. Hitt is a Research Fish Biologist at the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center in Kearneysville, West Virginia

He holds a B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster, an M.S. in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech. Dr. Hitt’s research investigates freshwater fish ecology from a landscape perspective, focusing on stream ecosystems in the Appalachian highlands.  His research includes:

  • Modeling fish habitat and population/community responses to environmental change
  • Forecasting effects of climate change for fish habitat in headwater streams
  • Effects of stream flow and temperature on fish population dynamics
  • Optimizing conservation and restoration planning for native fishes