Brady Porter

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Studies on Darters of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Brady Porter, PhD
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University

Noon–1 p.m.
Earth Theater, First Floor
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Photo: Porter with a channel catfish during work on the Murphy's Bottom Ecological Project

The great rivers of southwestern Pennsylvania have undergone extensive habitat modification and water quality changes since the late 1800s. Darters, a group of miniature benthic percid fishes, are generally considered intolerant to water pollution. Since 2003, Porter has documented range expansions for several state-imperiled darter species using electrofishing and benthic trawling surveys. Research on local darters has provided insight on water quality, natural history, and the evolution of the group.

Porter received his PhD in Zoology from The Ohio State University and conducted postdoctoral research with the Department of Genetics and the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He is a member of the PA Fish Technical Committee and serves as Research Coordinator for the Murphy’s Bottom Ecological Project, reclaiming an abandoned mining site along the Allegheny River.

Related Publication: Koryak, M., P. Bonislawsky, D. Locy, and B.A. Porter. 2011. Gilt darter (Percina evides: Percidae: Etheostomatinae) range expansion, microhabitat selection, and phylogenetics within the Allegheny River navigation system, Pennsylvania, USA. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 85(2/3):104-108.

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