Heather S. Galbraith

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Heather Galbraith

Curriculum vitae (pdf)


Contact Info:
US Geological Survey
Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory
176 Straight Run Road
Wellsboro, PA 16901

email: hgalbraith@usgs.gov
office: (570) 724-3322 ext. 230
fax: (570) 724-2525


Title: Research Fishery Biologist


2001 - B.S. Juniata College, Ecology
2004 - M.S. University of Oklahoma, Zoology
2009 - Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, Zoology


Trent University, 2009-2010


Research Interests:



Blakeslee, C.J., S.A. Sweet, H. Galbraith, and D.C. Honeyfield. 2015. Thiaminase activity in native freshwater mussels. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41:516-519.

Galbraith, H.S., C.J. Blakeslee, and W.A. Lellis. 2015. Behavioral responses of freshwater mussels to experimental dewatering. Freshwater Science 34:42-52.

Galbraith, H.S., D.T. Zanatta, and C.C. Wilson. 2015. Comparative analysis of riverscape genetic structure in rare, threatened and common freshwater mussels. Conservation Genetics 16:845-857.

Maloney, K.O., C.B. Talbert, J.C. Cole, H.S. Galbraith, C.J. Blakeslee, L. Hanson, and C.L. Holmquist-Johnson. 2015. An integrated riverine environmental flow decision support system (REFDSS) to evaluate the ecological effects of alternative flow scenarios on river ecosystems. Fundamental and Applied Limnology/Archiv für Hydrobiologie 186:171-192.

Cornman, R.S., L.S. Robertson, H.S. Galbraith, and C. Blakeslee. 2014. Transcriptomic analysis of the mussel (Elliptio complanata) identifies candidate stress-response genes and an abundance of novel or noncoding transcripts. PloS ONE 9(11):e112420.

Allen, D.C., H.S. Galbraith, C.C. Vaughn, and D.E. Spooner. 2013. A tale of two rivers: implications of water management practices for mussel biodiversity outcomes during droughts. AMBIO 42:881-891.

Blakeslee, C.J., H.S. Galbraith, L.S. Robertson, and B. St. John White. 2013. The effects of salinity exposure on multiple life stages of a common freshwater mussel, (Elliptio complanata). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 32:2849–2854.

Lellis, W.A., B. St. John White, J.C. Cole, C.S. Johnson, J.L. Devers, E. van S. Gray, and H.S. Galbraith. 2013. Newly documented host fishes for the eastern Elliptio mussel (Elliptio complanata). Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 4:75–85.

Galbraith, H.S. 2012. Phase 1 freshwater mussel survey and comparison to historical surveys at the Pond Eddy bridge, Delaware River, New York and Pennsylvania. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1224, 17 p.

Galbraith, H.S., C.J. Blakeslee, and W.A. Lellis. 2012. Recent thermal history influences thermal tolerance in freshwater mussel species (Bivalvia:Unionoida). Freshwater Science 31:83-92.

Spooner, D.E., C.C. Vaughn, and H.S. Galbraith. 2012. Species traits and environmental conditions govern the relationship between biodiversity effects across trophic levels. Oecologia 168:533-548.

Galbraith, H.S. and C.C. Vaughn. 2011. Effects of reservoir management on abundance, condition, parasitism and reproductive traits of downstream mussels. River Research and Applications 27:193-201.

Galbraith, H.S., C.M. Smith, K.M. Wozney, D.T. Zanatta, C.C. Wilson. 2011. Development and characterization of nine microsatellite loci for the endangered Kidneyshell, Ptychobranchus fasciolaris, and cross-amplification in closely-related lampsilines (Bivalvia: Unionoida). Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 533-536.

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