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Jeffrey J. Kovatch, Ph.D.

Assistant 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










Winter 2014-2015 Kovatch Lab News



·    February 2015 – Dr. Kovatch and graduate students Thad Tuggle and Emma Kist attended the Joint Meeting of the Virginia and West Virginia Chapters of the American Fisheries Society in Blacksburg, VA.


    • Kovatch, J.J., Castle, M., Moats, T., and Cogar, S. 2015. Close aggregation of freshwater mussels results in decreased group metabolic rate. (undergraduate co-authors)
    • Kist, E. and Kovatch, J.J. 2015. Measuring metabolism and energetics of darters (Etheostoma) to better understand their life history.
    • Tuggle, T, Kovatch J.J., and Axel, A. 2015. Modeling chlorophyll concentrations on the Ohio River using Landsat 8. Joint Meeting of the VA and WV Chapters of the American Fisheries Society, Blacksburg, VA.

·     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. 

·     December 2014 - Lab operations are suspended while the first floor of the Science Building is being renovated.  “…and the waiting is the hardest part.” – Tom Petty

·     December 2014 - West Virginia Stream Partners Grant for the the Fourpole Creek Watershed Association in Huntington, WV, $5000.

·     November 2014 - Schultz, Jr., G. E, Kovatch J.J., Hertler, H. Nearshore Bacterial Diversity Along a Development Gradient, Southwest Puerto Rico. 10/2014 submitted to Hydrobiologia. In review.





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