Originally from Pennsylvania, Seth earned a B.A. in English and B.S. in Environmental Science from tiny little Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. He worked in communications for the next few years, including a stint as a press secretary for an ill-fated congressional campaign, before deciding to pursue a Master’s in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development at UGA. For his thesis he worked under the direction of Laurie Fowler and Cathy Pringle to develop science-based recommendations on riparian buffer ordinances. After graduating in 1999 he stayed on at UGA working with Fowler to translate science into policy and with Bud Freeman on various fish research and management projects. These eventually led to a PhD, which Seth earned under Mary Freeman in 2006 while coordinating the development of the Etowah Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan.
From 2008 through 2013 Seth worked first as a postdoctoral associate and then as a staff scientist for the nonprofit organization Trout Unlimited (TU). He continues to maintain active collaborations with TU colleagues.
Seth’s current research areas include population viability analysis, conservation planning, and environmental flows, among others. Most of his work is highly applied and is intended to find practical solutions to conservation problems. He currently works mainly in the southeastern US and western US, but (mainly through students) collaborates on projects in Costa Rica, Mexico, India, and elsewhere.
Seth co-teaches graduate courses in conservation ecology (every fall), stream ecology (every spring), quantitative analysis (every now and then), integrative conservation (every 2017), and an FYOS class with Amy Rosemond and Scott Connelly.
Some recent publications:
Wenger, S.J. 2016. Review of Kurt D. Fausch, “For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey.” Biological Conservation http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.06.028.
Isaak, D.J., Young, M.K., Luce, C.H., Hostetler, S.W., Wenger, S.J., Peterson, E.E., Ver Hoef, J.M., Groce, M.C., Horan, D.L. and Nagel, D.E., 2016. Slow climate velocities of mountain streams portend their role as refugia for cold-water biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p.201522429.
Kormos, P.R., Luce, C.H., Wenger, S.J. and Berghuijs, W.R., 2016. Trends and sensitivities of low streamflow extremes to discharge timing and magnitude in Pacific Northwest mountain streams. Water Resources Research.
Roy, A.H., Capps, K.A., El-Sabaawi, R.W., Jones, K.L., Parr, T.B., Ramírez, A., Smith, R.F., Walsh, C.J. and Wenger, S.J., 2016. Urbanization and stream ecology: diverse mechanisms of change. Freshwater Science, 35(1), pp.272-277.
Sterling, J.L., Rosemond, A.D. and Wenger, S.J., 2016. Watershed urbanization affects macroinvertebrate community structure and reduces biomass through similar pathways in Piedmont streams, Georgia, USA.Freshwater Science, 35(2), pp.676-688.
For a (possibly out-of-date) CV, click here.