Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: West Virginia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

West Virginia Technical Assistance Activities


West Virginia Unit Leader, Dr. Pat Mazik, teaching fish physiology

As part of our mission, each of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit scientists routinely provides technical assistance ranging from data analysis support, GIS mapping, workshops, and consultations on a variety of natural resource issues.

The West Virginia Unit scientists serve as advisors on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Striped Bass Tagging Committee, the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group and the Eastern Brooktrout Joint Venture.

Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
terrestrial impacts of mountaintop mining
US EPA
Wood February 2011
scholarship evaluation for an ornithologist faculty member at a University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wood October 2019
reviewed the Golden-winged Warbler Conservation Plan, a GWWA habitat management guide, and the GWWA status assessment
Appal Mtns Joint Venture and USFWS
Wood October 2011
reviewed multiple scientific manuscripts for journals and for colleagues
scientific journals
Wood October 2019
reviewed 6 manuscripts for 6 different scientific journals
wildlife and avian journals
Wood October 2011
reviewed 5 manuscripts for 5 different scientific journals; 4 documents for colleagues; and 2 proposals for agencies
wildlife and avian journals
Wood October 2012
reviewed 4 scientific manuscripts for journals and 3 management documents
scientific journals
Wood August 2015
review of research proposal
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Wood March 2015
review of an assistant professors research program for P&T
Boise State University
Wood August 2015
provided cerulean warbler data to USFWS and to USFS for their status reviews and to Cornell Univ for the Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project, 2001 and 2003
Wood December 2003
provide information on edge ecology
Appalachian Headwaters
Wood October 2020
provide guidance to private land managers for cerulean warbler habitat management
private lands managers
Wood October 2014
presented research results on effects of mining on avian populations in a webinar to National Audubon Society staff and researchers; provided additional information in subsequent phone calls and emails relative to mining and marcellus shale development
National Audubon Society
Wood July 2011
planning for and development of an avian habitat management workshop
US Forest Service and Appalachian Mtns Joint Venture
Wood June 2015
moderator of wildlife session at 68th Annual Northeat Fish and Wildlife Conference
WV Division of Natural Resources
Wood April 2012
met with FWS biologists in a workshop to discuss a central Appalachian conservation initiative and to present data from studies on cerulean warblers
Wood June 2004
development and review of screening and ranking documents for cerulean warbler habitat management
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Wood September 2014
consulted with USGS staff member re mountaintop mining EIS
Wood December 2003
Worked with FWS biologists and other members of the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group steering committee to develop draft conservation action plan for ceruleans and to set-up a working meeting (29-30 Mar 2006) with coal and timber industry to discuss cerulean conservation. Jan-Mar 2006
Wood March 2006
WVU chpts of TWS and AFS hosted a Student Colloquium at NEAFWA in Charleston, WV. I was the primary faculty advisor. The WVDNR supported and requested this Colloquium to be attached to NEAFWA.
WVDNR
Mazik April 2012
Provided review of avian species descriptions and other information used in the West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Wood October 2016
Provided data from our studies to the USFS Fernow Experimental Forest for use in their EIS and to Monongahela National Forest for use in their forest plan revision.
Wood January 2004
Provide information on cerulean warbler conservation planning as a case study for an MS student thesis.
Harvard University
Wood September 2020
Participated in the Appalachian Interagency Workshop, May 9-11, 2005 Herndon, VA
Wood May 2005
Participated in cerulean warbler summit to identify threats, research gaps, conservation needs. We established the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group (CWTG); I was appointed to the coordinating committee of this group.
Wood June 2001
Participated in a cerulean warbler summit to identify threats, research gaps, conservation needs. We established the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group (CWTG); I was appointed to the steering committee of this group.
Wood June 2001
Met with WVDNR and USGS biologists to assess potential effects of supersaturation of oxygen on fish kills
USGS
Mazik May 2011
Judged the International Science and Engineering Fair in the Animal Sciences Dvision
Society for Science and the Public
Mazik May 2012
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, compiled technical reports, and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board
Welsh June 2004
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, compiled technical reports, and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board
Welsh June 2003
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, compiled technical reports, and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board
Welsh June 2002
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, attended committee meetings, and contributed to technical reports
Welsh June 2001
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Welsh August 2013
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Welsh August 2011
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Welsh August 2009
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Welsh August 2008
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Welsh August 2007
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee
Welsh August 2006
I analyzed striped bass tagging data for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and presented information to the ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Committee
Welsh August 2005
Hosted the annual technical committee meeting of the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture
Wood August 2012
Have worked with over 20 graduate and undergraduate students on cover letters, resumes and job applications
WVU
Mazik October 2010
Chair of student affairs committee for NE Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies meeting. Hosted by WVDNR. We had a workshop, student/mentor lunch and shortcourses.
WVDNR
Mazik October 2010
Cerulean warbler workshop that brought together 65 researchers and managers from the breeding and wintering range of the cerulean warbler. This workshop, planned and implemented by the CWTG steering committee, developed a broad-based, pro-active strategy for cerulean warbler conservation. The Breeding Season Research Group, of which I am a member, developed a research design for a range-wide study that addressed the majority of the research needs identified by the CWTG. We are now implementing that study.
Wood December 2002
Aug 17-18, 2004. Charleston, WV. Participated in selenium integrated project workshop to develop priority research needs and mechanisms to accomplish this research.
Wood August 2005
Assisted with National Hunting and Fishing Day in the Fish ID booth....
West Virginia DNR
Mazik September 2014
Assisted with National Hunting and Fishing Day in the Fish ID booth
West Virginia DNR
Mazik September 2013
Assisted with National Hunting and Fishing Day
WVDNR
Mazik September 2015
Assisted the Wildlife Diversity Program (WDP) of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR)with development of the fish section of the State Wildlife Grant (SWG)
Welsh July 2005
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
member new faculty mentorship - Provide mentorship to 3 new wildlife faculty in the department by providing advice, guidance, and contacts for being a successful assistant professor and securing research grants. Wood August 2016 Present
West Virginia University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) - I serve as a member of this committee overseeing the entire animal care program at WVU, insuring the health and well-being of all animals being used for research, testing, and education. I review all proposals for animal use and assist in monitoring animal activities to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and established standards.<br><br> Welsh January 2020 Present
Member, Faculty Search Committe Ornithologist, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University Wood January 2015 July 2015
Member, Faculty Search Committe Avian Ecologist, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University Wood July 2015 November 2015
Member, College Graduate Council Wood August 2005 August 2008
Member, Boat and Watercraft Committee Welsh January 2001 Present
Co-Coordinator, Departmental GIS Research Lab Wood August 1998 December 2009
Chair, Research Assistant Professor Search Committe, School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University Wood January 2015 July 2015
Chair, Departmental Hoyt Fellowship Committee Wood January 1998 December 2013
Chair, Asst. Professor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Search Committee - Chair of Committee. Call meetings, review 55 candidates with committee, organize candidates visit, schedule, meetings with Dean, Chair, faculty, seminars etc. Coordinated meeting to vote on candidate to hire. Mazik August 2016 November 2016
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
Vice-chair, Striped Bass Tagging Committee, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Welsh May 2001 May 2002
Vice Chair, Striped Bass Tagging Committee, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Welsh August 2011 August 2013
Member, Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Wood December 1996 Present
Member, Steering Committee, Cerulean Warbler Technical Group Wood December 2002 Present
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Wood November 2003 November 2003
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Welsh May 2002 August 2002
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Wood May 1995 May 1995
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Welsh June 2006 September 2006
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Wood June 1998 June 1998
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Wood April 2001 April 2001
Member, Organizational Committee, 2nd Cerulean Warbler Summit, Cerulean Warbler Technical Group Meeting Wood August 2006 February 2007
Member, NPS New River Gorge natural resource assessment review panel Wood May 2003 February 2004
Member, Brooks Bird Club Wood January 1993 December 2000
Golden-winged warbler working group Wood January 2008 Present
Chair, Striped Bass Tagging Committee, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Welsh May 2002 December 2004
Chair, Striped Bass Tagging Committee, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Welsh August 2013 August 2015
Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Science Team Wood December 2008 Present
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Technical Committee Wood February 2007 Present
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
press release by WVU on our golden-winged warbler study. The press release was picked up by AP so ran in several newspapers including in WV and Indiana Wood November 2011
press release by USGS on our mountaintop mining study Wood February 2015
popular article on salamanders and mountaintop mining for "salamander news" newsletter for Partners in Amphibian Conservation (PARC) Wood November 2014
popular article on early successional habitat management research for WMI Outdoor News Bulletin newsletter Wood August 2020
popular article on early successional habitat management research for Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture year in review report Wood August 2020
popular article on cerulean warbler partnerships and management activities for WMI newsletter Wood June 2015
participated in meetings for development of a West Virginia natural history center Wood July 2004
newspaper article in the State Journal discussing golden-winged warblers and the current review for ESA listing Wood June 2011
interviewed for Earth and Sky radio program re mountaintop removal mining and songbirds Wood August 2004
interview by German Public Radio with 2 of my students working on shale gas effects on wildlife by German Public Radio Wood August 2015
assisted National Geographic Magazine with design for graphic for a mountaintop mining article Wood September 2005
Worked with WVU graduate students to develop posters and demo materials for USGS open house in Reston Wood November 2008
Wood, P.B. 2008. The Sky Blue Bird of the Forest. West Virginia Wildlife 8(1):14-16. Wood May 2008
Welsh, S.A. 2006. The incredible journey of the American eel. West Virginia Wildlife Magazine, quarterly publication by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Welsh August 2007
Distributional database of West Virginia fishes Welsh December 2002
Cincotta, D.A. and S.A. Welsh. 2005. The moundbuilders. West Virginia Wildlife Volume 5, Number 2 (magazine article on moundbuilding fishes) Welsh June 2005
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 13-17) Welsh July 2017
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 13-17) Welsh July 2015
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 13-17) Welsh July 2014
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 13-17) Welsh July 2013
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 13-17) Welsh July 2012
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2011
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2009
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2008
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2007
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2006
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2005
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2004
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2003
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2002
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2001
Aquatic Ecology workshop, Wilderness Rangers Boy Scout Camp (student ages 12-16) Welsh July 2000
American eel workshop, Hampshire County 4-H Camp (students in grades 3 - 5), 25 July 2007. Welsh July 2007