DAVIS COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES & DESIGN
DIVISION OF FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Todd Petty

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J. Todd Petty, PhD


Professor of Wildlife & Fisheries Resources

Contact Information

West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
PO Box 6125, Morgantown, WV 26506-6125

Telephone: (304) 293-2278
Fax: (304) 293-2441
Email: jtpetty@mail.wvu.edu

Education

PhD, Forest Resources, University of Georgia, 1998
MS, Forest Resources, University of Georgia, 1994
BA, Biology, University of Virginia, 1990

Professional Employment

Director, Peace Corps Masters International
and EnvironMentors
Professor, WVU, 2012 – Present
Associate Professor, WVU, 2006 – 2012
Assistant Professor, WVU, 2000 – 2006

Courses Taught

BIOL 362 / WMAN 446 – Limnology
WMAN 449 – Stream Ecosystem Assessment
WMAN 512 – Advanced Wildlife Population Ecology
WMAN 642 – Advanced Fisheries Management

Research Interests

Stream and River Ecology
Fish Ecology
Stream and Watershed Assessment
Stream and Watershed Restoration

CURRENT RESEARCH

Spatial Dynamics of Brook Trout Populations
Brook Trout Restoration Ecology
Cumulative Impact Assessment in Mined Watersheds
Evaluating River Restoration Success

Professional Affiliations

American Fisheries Society
Ecological Society of America
Society of Freshwater Science

Selected Publications

Aunins, A., J. T. Petty, T. King, and P. Mazik. IN PRESS. Genetic differentiation and complex metapopulation structure of an Appalachian brook trout population. Conservation Genetics 00:000-000.

Huntsman, B., and J. T. Petty. IN PRESS. Density-dependent regulation of brook trout populations along a core-periphery distribution continuum. PLoS One 00:000-000.

Petty, J. T., D. Thorne, B. Huntsman, and P. Mazik. IN PRESS. The temperature-productivity squeeze: constraints on brook trout growth along an Appalachian river continuum. Hydrobiologia 00:000-000.

Anderson, J. T., R. L. Ward, J. T. Petty, J. S. Kite, and M. P. Strager. 2014. Culvert effects on stream and stream-side salamander habitats. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development 5:274-281.

Merriam, E., J. T. Petty, M. P. Strager. A. E. Maxwell, and P. Ziemkiewicz. 2013. Scenario analysis predicts context-dependent stream response to land use change in a heavily mined central Appalachian watershed. Freshwater Science 32:1246-1259.

Merovich, G. T., J. T. Petty, and M. P. Strager. J.B. Fulton. 2013. Hierarchical classification of aquatic ecosystem condition: quantifying the riverscape in intensively developed watersheds. Freswhater Science 32:874-891.

Petty, J. T., M. P. Strager, E. M. Merriam, and P. F. Ziemkiewicz. 2013. Scenario analysis and the Watershed Futures Planner: predicting future aquatic conditions in an intensively mined Appalachian watershed. in Environmental Considerations in Energy Production. Edited by J. R. Craynon. Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. Englewood, CO.

Petty, J. T., G. Gingerich, J. T. Anderson, and P. F. Ziemkiewicz. 2013. Ecological function of constructed stream channels on reclaimed surface mines in West Virginia. Hydrobiologia 720:39-51.

Maxwell, A. E., M. P. Strager, C. B. Yuill, and J. T. Petty. 2012. Modeling critical forest habitat in the south central Appalachians USA. International Journal of Ecology doi:10.1155/2012/182683.

Petty, J. T., and E. P. Merriam. 2012. Brook trout restoration. Nature Education Knowledge 3:17. http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/brook-trout-restoration-83031062

Petty, J. T., J. L. Hansbarger, B. M. Huntsman, and P. M. Mazik. 2012. Brook trout movement in response to temperature, flow, and thermal refugia within a complex Appalachian riverscape. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:1060-1073.

Merriam, E., J. T. Petty, G. T. Merovich, Jr., J. B. Fulton, and M. P. Strager. 2011. Additive effects of mining and development in a central Appalachian watershed. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30:399-418.

Petty, J. T., J. B. Fulton, M. Strager, G. T. Merovich, J. Stiles, and P. Ziemkiewicz. 2010. Landscape indicators and thresholds of stream ecological impairment in an intensively mined Appalachian watershed. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29:1292-1309.

Grossman, G. D., R. J. Ratajczak, Jr., M. D. Farr, C. M Wagner, and J. T. Petty. 2010. Why there are more fish downstream. In Community Ecology of Freshwater Fishes. American Fisheries Society Symposium, 73:63-81.

Grossman, G. D., R. J. Ratajczak, Jr., C. M. Wagner, and J. T. Petty. 2010. Dynamics and population regulation of southern brook trout in an Appalachian stream. Freshwater Biology 55:1494-1508.

Hense, Z., R. W. Martin, and J. T. Petty. 2010. Electrofishing capture efficiencies for common stream fishes in a central Appalachian watershed. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:1041-1050.

Merovich, G. T., Jr, and J. T. Petty. 2010. Continuous response of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages to a discrete disturbance gradient: consequences for diagnosing stressors. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29:1241-1257.

Petty, J. T., and G. D. Grossman. 2010. Giving-Up Densities and Ideal Pre-Emptive Distribution of a benthic predator in a southern Appalachian stream. Freshwater Biology 55:780-793.

Strager, M. P., J. J. Fletcher, J. M. Strager, C. B. Yuill, R. N. Eli, J. T. Petty, and S. J. Lamont. 2010. Watershed analysis in GIS: the Watershed Characterization and Modeling System Software application. Computers and Geosciences 36:970-976.

Martin, R. W., and J. T. Petty. 2009. Local temperature and thermal topology interact to influence the distribution of brook trout and smallmouth bass in a central Appalachian watershed. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 23:497-508.

Poplar-Jeffers, I., J. T. Petty, J. A. Anderson, and S. J. Kite. 2009. Culvert replacement and stream habitat restoration: Implications from brook trout management in an Appalachian watershed, U.S.A. Restoration Ecology 17:404-413.

Strager, M. P., J. T. Petty, J. M. Strager, and J. B. Fulton. 2009. A spatially explicit
framework for quantifying downstream hydrologic conditions. Journal of Environmental Management 90:1854-1863.

Hansbarger, J. L., J. T. Petty, and P. M. Mazik. 2008. Microhabitat use by brook trout in small tributaries and a large river main stem: implications for stream channel restoration in the upper Shavers Fork, WV. Proceedings of the S.E. Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Freund, J. G. and J. T. Petty. 2007. Response of fish and macroinvertebrate bioindices to specific stressor levels in a mined Appalachian watershed. Environmental Management 39:707-720.

McClurg, S., J. T. Petty, and P. M. Mazik. 2007. Stream ecosystem response to limestone treatment in acid impacted watersheds of the Allegheny Plateau, West Virginia. Ecological Applications 17:1087-1104.

Merovich, G. T., Jr., and J. T. Petty. 2007. Interactive effects of multiple stressors and restoration priorities in a mined Appalachian watershed. Hydrobiologia 575:13-31.

Merovich, G. T., Jr., J. M. Stiles, J. T. Petty, P. F. Ziemkiewicz, and J. B. Fulton. 2007. Water chemistry based classification of streams and implications for stream restoration in mined Appalachian watersheds. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26:1361-1369.

Petty, J. T. and G. D. Grossman. 2007. Size dependent territoriality of mottled sculpin in a southern Appalachian stream. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:1750-1761.

Grossman, G. D., R. E. Ratajczak, J. T. Petty, M. D. Hunter, J. T. Peterson, and G. Grenouillet. 2006. Population dynamics of mottled sculpin in a variable environment: an information theoretic approach. Ecological Monographs 76:217-234.

Petty, J. T., and D. Thorne. 2005. An ecologically based approach for identifying restoration priorities in acid impacted watersheds. Restoration Ecology. 13:348-357.

Petty J. T., Lamothe, P. J., and P. M. Mazik. 2005. Spatial and seasonal dynamics of brook trout populations inhabiting a central Appalachian watershed. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 134:572-587.

Petty, J. T., and Gary D. Grossman. 2004. Restricted movement by mottled sculpin in a southern Appalachian stream. Freshwater Biology 49:631-645.