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Welsh, Amy

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.

Select Publications

  1. Whitaker, J.M., Price, L.E., Boase, J., Bernatchez, L., and Welsh, A.B. (2020) Detecting fine-scale population structure in the age of genomics: a case study of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes. Fisheries Research 230: 105646.
  2. Welsh, A., Carlson, D., Schlueter, S., and Jackson, J.R. (2020) Tracking stocking success in a long-lived species through genetics and demographics: evidence of natural reproduction in Lake Sturgeon after twenty-two years. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 149: 121-130.
  3. Gibson, I., Welsh, A.B., Welsh, S.A., and Cincotta, D.A. (2019) Genetic swamping and possible species collapse: tracking introgression between the native Candy Darter and introduced Variegate Darter. Conservation Genetics 20: 287-298.
  4. Welsh, A.B., Schumacher, L., and Quinlan, H. (2019) A reintroduced lake sturgeon population comes of age: a genetic evaluation of stocking success in the St. Louis River. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 35(1): 149-159.
  5. Nathan, L., Welsh, A., and Vokoun, J. (2019) Watershed-level brook trout genetic structuring: evaluation and application of riverscape genetics models. Freshwater Biology 64(3): 405-420.
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