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Audubon program slated for May 11

By Staff | May 6, 2011

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s May program at the National Conservation Training Center will focus on “The Natural History of the Potomac River.”

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building.

Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker will be Nathaniel “Than” Hitt, a research fish biologist in the Aquatic Ecology Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville.

Hitt 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.

In his research work, he examines freshwater fish ecology and community ecotoxicology from a landscape-scale perspective, focusing on stream ecosystems in the mid-Atlantic highlands. His work has demonstrated that landscape-scale dispersal affects fish community structure, and that an understanding of stream network topology may improve fish bioassessment in Appalachia.