FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2008
Avondale, Pa. – Stroud™ Water Research Center is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. William H. Eldridge, an expert in the ecology and genetics of freshwater fish, and former graduate student of the University of Washington’s School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Eldridge’s research is concerned with understanding and conserving the genetic diversity that is necessary for fish—from individuals to species and entire populations—to adapt to changing environments thus ensuring their long-term survival.
His research will focus on the genetics, demographics, and stress response of fish populations to both natural and human activities—such as aquaculture, fishing, and environmental changes—and on identifying population boundaries among freshwater fisheries for use in management and conservation.
“We’re thrilled to have Willy Eldridge on board. His combined interest in both the ecology and genetic structure of fish populations is unique and will provide new approaches to understanding streams and rivers,” said Bern Sweeney, director of the Stroud Water Research Center. “With his expertise and focus on fish, we have greatly strengthened our ability to increase the knowledge and stewardship of freshwater ecosystems.”
“The ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team of research scientists adds tremendous value to any research project—and having us all under one roof creates an exceptional environment for cutting-edge research,” said Willy Eldridge. “The global reach of the Stroud Water Research Center also provides a great opportunity for me to expand my research from freshwater fish native to temperate streams to include fish native to tropical streams as well.”