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Audubon to present talk on fish health

By Staff | Oct 28, 2011

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s November program at the National Conservation Training Center will focus on the latest findings concerning the health of fish in the Potomac River and other rivers in the region.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 151 of the Instructional West Building.

Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker will be Vicki S. Blazer, the fish pathologist at the Leetown Science Center’s National Fish Health Research Laboratory.

Her talk will be entitled “Intersex in Bass and Association with Land Use in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”

Blazer has worked at the Fish Health Research Laboratory since 1992. Since that time, she has been involved in numerous fish disease issues in the Chesapeake drainage area, as well as national and international fish health issues. Previously she was assistant leader of the Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at the University of Georgia, where she taught courses in fish diseases, fish pathology and fish nutrition and directed graduate student research.

She has a B.S. in Marine Biology from Southampton College of Long Island University and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. She did two years of postdoctoral work at the University of Georgia’s Veterinary College.

For more information contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net.