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Nathaniel Hitt


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Nathaniel Hitt
11649 Leetown Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430
Phone: 304-724-4463
Fax: 304-724-4465

Short Biography



Dr. Nathaniel (Than) P. Hitt is a Research Fish Biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Leetown 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 and community ecotoxicology 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 communities population dynamics


Links to media coverage in The Washington PostMcClatchy NewsDiscovery, and National Geographic News Watch

Link to Google Scholar profile

Watch a webinar of our groundwater and climate-change modeling for brook trout habitat in Shenandoah National Park (29 June 2016).

Watch a video of brook trout feeding in the LSC Experimental Stream Laboratory.

Watch a video introducing the LSC Experimental Stream Laboratory.

Watch a presentation entitled "spatial structure of stream thermal sensitivity affects climate change forecasts for brook trout" given at James Madison University in 2013.

Hear a radio segment on my work investigating brook trout responses to climate change.

Download a final report to USFWS on Kentucky arrow darter and blackside dace relations to stream conductivity.

Download a pdf of slides presented to USFWS, OSM, and TDEC regarding conductivity thresholds for abundance of imperiled stream fishes (June 9, 2015).

Watch a video citing our research on American eel responses to dam removal.



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Science Topics

Science TopicSubtopic
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbenthic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentbiodiversity
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentecological processes
Ecology and Environmentecosystem functions
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentenvironmental assessment
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems

USGS Science Strategy Areas

  1. Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change
  2. A Water Census of the United States

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