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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.