George Merovich, PhD
Associate Professor

Juniata College
Department of Environmental Science
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program

Huntingdon, PA 16652
Office Phone: 814-641-3954



I am an associate professor at Juniata College, and direct the new program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Students following the course requirements of this degree program can earn certification by the American Fisheries Society (AFS) as an Associate Fisheries Professional.

My interests are in aquatic sciences, ecology, and quantitative analysis techniques. My research has been mostly in stream ecology and watershed conservation. Community ecology of stream fishes and benthic invertebrates along with assessing stream ecosystem integrity are my specialties. My avocations include hunting and fishing. Please email me with any questions you might have about this new degree program, AFS, research, or aquatic ecosystems in general.

Current Activities
  1. Teaching: Fall Semester '21 starts Aug 26! see Teaching Pages
  2. Research  
    • Unconventional natural gas development and cascading effects up the food web from aquatic invertebrates to shoreline, predatory birds
    • Aquatic invasive species (Rusty Crayfish) impacts on river ecosystems
    • Classification of stream ecological conditions at watershed scales
  3. Recent Publications
    • Merovich, G. T., Jr., J. T. Petty, M. P. Strager, and J. B. Fulton. 2013. Hierarchical classification of stream condition:  a house-neighborhood framework for establishing conservation priorities in complex riverscapes. Freshwater Science 32:874-891.
    • Selego, S. M., G. T. Merovich, Jr., and J. T. Anderson. 2014. Conflicting natural and anthropogenic threats reduce nestsuccess in centrarchid fishes. Hydrobiologia 732:161-171.
    • Watson,  A. S. , G. T. Merovich, Jr. , J. T. Petty, and J. Brady Gutta. 2017. Evaluating expected outcomes of acid remediation in an intensively mined Appalachian watershed. Environ. Monit. Assess. 189: 339. DOI 10.1007/s10661-017-6036-x
    • Frantz, M. W., P. B. Wood, & G. T. Merovich, Jr., 2018. Demographic characteristics of an avian predator, Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla), in response to its aquatic prey in a Central Appalachian USA watershed impacted by shale gas development. PLOS ONE 13: e0206077.
    • Merovich, Jr., G.T., N. P. Hitt, E. R. Merriam, and J. W. Jones. 2021. Response of aquatic life to coal mining in Appalachia. Chapter 10 in C. E. Zipper and J. G. Skousen, eds. Appalachia’s coal-mined landscapes: Resources and communities in a new energy era. Springer Nature.
Undergrad Students Professional Societies (Student Chapters), Clubs, and Organizations
Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Greenside darter--common in central PA (NANFA gallery)Greenside Darter
American Fisheries Society: parent society, southern division, PA State Chapter, Juniata College chapter

The Wildlife Society: parent society and Juniata chapter

Society for Conservation Biology
Juniata Fishing Club;
Little Juniata River Association
Archery Club
 FlatheadEcological Society of Americasociety for freshwater science
Flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris), Monongahela River, May 2013
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists NA Native fishes AssociationThe North American Native Fishes Association

Last Update: Aug 23, 2021