Overview of Leetown Science Center

Resource Management Problems Currently Addressed by LSC

  • Declining populations of anadromous fish in the eastern U.S. including Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, and shad.
  • Declining populations and species diversity of freshwater mussel communities.
  • Impacts and mitigation of structures which impede the natural movement of fish in eastern rivers.
  • Disease impacts on wild fish populations and their overall health and associated effects of stress resulting from degraded habitats and contaminants.
  • Impacts of landscape changes on species, communities, and ecosystem.
  • Appalachian streams and rivers degraded as a result of acidic and metal laden waters discharged from coal mines.
  • Sources, fates, and effects of contaminants such as mercury, in aquatic communities.
  • Distribution of rare and endangered plants and vegetation communities
  • Exotic species which imperil native plant and animal communities.
  • Restoration of large mammals on federal lands.
  • Resource decisions hampered by lack of information and/or effective technologies.

Team Research and Research Direction

  • Freshwater Bivalves
  • Atlantic salmon
  • Fish Passage
  • Appalachian Stream Restoration
  • Biological Response to Landscape Change

Key Partnerships

  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Non-Government Agencies and Interest Groups
  • States
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Universities

Special Projects

  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Eastern Brook Trout
  • Exotic Fish Impacts on Native Unionid Fish Hosts
  • Zebra Mussel Control
  • Sturgeon Research
  • Fish Pathology as an Index of Remediation
  • Mercury in Aquatic Systems
  • Species Conservation – Black bear, American elk
  • Human Dimensions
  • All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
  • Population and Landscape Genetics and Genomics
  • Epidemiology
  • Rare and endangered plant distributions

Research Components

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