Associate Professor of Wildlife & Fisheries Resources
A winding path brought me to the field of conservation genetics and I have always enjoyed the journey. I grew up in Baltimore, MD and received my B.S. degree in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park (1996). I then worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research looking at the effects of sleep deprivation on performance (1996-1999). I received my Masters of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University (1999) and then worked at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (1999-2001), where I was introduced to genetics and its important applications. Ecology and zoology remained an important passion and I moved out west to pursue my Ph.D. in Ecology at UC-Davis (2006). The focus of my dissertation was the population genetics of lake sturgeon. I then moved to the shore of Lake Ontario and was an assistant professor at SUNY-Oswego (2006-2011). The journey has now brought me to wild and wonderful West Virginia, where I continue research on the genetics of fish and wildlife populations.
- Nathan, L.R., Smith, A.A., Welsh, A.B., and Vokoun, J.C. (2018) Are culvert assessment scores an indicator of Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis population fragmentation? Ecological Indicators 84: 208-217.
Welsh, A.B., Scribner, K.T., Stott, W., and Walsh, M. (2017) A population on the rise: the origin of Deepwater Sculpin in Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research 43: 863-870.
McDougall, C.A., Welsh, A.B., Anderson, W.G., and Nelson, P.A. (2017) Rethinking the influence of hydroelectric development on gene flow in a long lived fish, the lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens. PLoS One 12(3): e0174269.
Hessenauer, J-M., Vokoun, J., Welsh, A., Davis, J., Jacobs, R., and O’Donnell, E. (2017) Can largemouth bass transplanted from an unexploited population genetically contribute to an active fishery? A test case for genetic management of exploited fish populations. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37: 271-283.
Welsh, A.B., Mohr, L., and Boase, J.C. (2017) Identifying conservation hotspots in non-breeding areas: a case study of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the Great Lakes. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 931-941.