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Jeffrey J. Kovatch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
116 Science Building

B.S. University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. Syracuse University

Research Interests

  • Metabolic scaling and energetics
  • Large river ecology
  • Animal physiological ecology










2015 Kovatch Lab News



    May 2015 Graduation time. Congratulation to some members of the lab that are graduating and heading off to graduate programs.

    • Tuesday Simmons (BS Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Cell, Molecular & Medical Biology) is heading to the University of California at Berkley to begin her PhD work focusing on marine microbial ecology.
    • Sam Cogar (BS Mathematics) is headed to the University of Delaware to begin his PhD work in mathematics.

    May 2015 Thad Tuggle (MS candidate) began his new job as a fisheries biologist for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Congratulations Thad.

    May 2015 Lab presentations were made at the annual SX Research Day at Marshall University.

    • Tuggle, Thaddaeus, Kovatch, J.J., and Axel, A. Modeling chlorophyll concentrations in the Ohio River using satellite imagery. Oral presentation. Thad won second place for having the best story.
    • Kovatch, J.J, Kist, E. Tuggle, T. Castle, M., Legg, S., Becker, J., Bernot, M., and Lauer, T. Pharmaceutical and personal care product concentration in the Mud and Ohio Rivers compared to national data. Poster.
    • Kist, Emma and Kovatch, J.J. Measuring metabolism and energetics of darters (Etheostoma) to better understand their life history. Poster.

    April 2015 Dr. Kovatch was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

     March 2015 The lab is back up and running following months of renovations to the first floor of the Science Building.

     January 2015 Drs. Jeff Kovatch, Jen Mosher and Herman Mays from BSC attended the West Virginia Board of Education meeting in Charleston, WV to argue against proposed education policy that would negatively change how climate change was taught in WV public schools.





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