Scott George


Scott George is a biologist in the Watersheds Research Section of the USGS New York Water Science Center in Troy, NY. He recently completed a master's degree at the State University at Albany (SUNY) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology on the impact of severe flooding on lotic biota. Scott's current research is aimed at better understanding riverine fish, benthic macroinvertebrate, and periphyton communities and the disturbances that impact them. Specific ongoing projects include monitoring the expansion of Round Goby towards the Hudson River using environmental DNA and other methods, studying the recovery of fish assemblages in acid-impacted Catskill Mountain streams, and evaluating the toxicity of sediments to benthic macroinvertebrates in Great Lakes Areas of Concern.


  • M.S., State University of New York, Albany, NY; Major – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2014
  • M.A., State University of New York, Albany, NY; Major – Social Studies, 2010
  • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), Siena College, Loudonville, NY; Major – History Education, 2008


  • American Fisheries Society
  • New York State Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
  • Society For Freshwater Science
  • Trout Unlimited


  • Biologist; U.S. Geological Survey, Troy, NY; 2011-present: Coordinates projects and provides field support and data analysis to other ongoing projects concerning: acidification, extreme hydrologic events, flow-modification, trout population dynamics, water temperatures, and other stressors in stream ecosystems.
  • Intern; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Stream Biomonitoring Unit (SBU), Troy, NY; 2010-2011: Processed benthic macroinvertebrate kick samples, locating and identifying organisms to the ordinal level.  Conducted literature review of present lake biomonitoring methods for future integration into SBU Standard Operating Procedure.


George, S.D., B.P. Baldigo, C. Rees, and M.L. Bartron. 2019. Efficacy of Environmental DNA and Traditional Sampling Methods to Monitor the Expansion of Round Goby in the Mohawk River-Barge Canal System. Annual Meeting of the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Poughkeepsie, New York, February, 2019.

George, S.D., B.P. Baldigo, G. Lawrence, and R. Fuller. 2018. Do Watershed and In-Stream Liming Accelerate Recovery of Macroinvertebrate Communities in Acidified Tributaries to an Adirondack Lake? 2018 National Atmospheric Deposition Program Annual Meeting, Albany, New York, November, 2018.

George, S.D., B.P. Baldigo, G. Lawrence, and R. Fuller. 2017. Effects of Watershed and In-Stream Liming on Macroinvertebrate Assemblages in Acidified Tributaries to an Adirondack Lake. Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, North Carolina, June, 2017.

George, S.D., B.P. Baldigo, and S. Wells. 2016. Response of Fish Assemblages to Seasonal Drawdowns in Sections of the Mohawk River-Barge Canal System. 2016 Hudson River Symposium, SUNY New Paltz, May, 2016.

George, S.D., B.P. Baldigo, and S. Wells. 2015. Spatial differences in contemporary fish assemblages of the Mohawk River. Invited Speaker. 2015 Mohawk River Watershed Symposium, Union College, March, 2015.

George, S.D., B.P. Baldigo, and G. Robinson. 2014. Differential impacts of Hurricane Irene on fish communities and trout populations in a Catskill Mountain river, New York, USA. Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Quebec City, August, 2014.