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, India, and elsewhere.
Seth co-teaches graduate courses in conservation ecology (every fall), stream ecology (every spring), quantitative analysis (every now and then), and integrative conservation (every so often).
Selected recent publications:
Jacobs, G.R., Thurow, R.F., Buffington, J.M., Isaak, D.J. and Wenger, S.J., 2021. Climate, Fire Regime, Geomorphology, and Conspecifics Influence the Spatial Distribution of Chinook Salmon Redds. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 150(1), pp.8-23.
Fesenmyer, K.A., Wenger, S.J., Leigh, D.S. and Neville, H.M., 2021. Large portion of USA streams lose protection with new interpretation of Clean Water Act. Freshwater Science, 40(1), pp.252-258.
Yang, C., Wenger, S.J., Rugenski, A.T., Wehrtmann, I.S., Connelly, S. and Freeman, M.C., 2020. Freshwater crabs (Decapoda: Pseudothelphusidae) increase rates of leaf breakdown in a neotropical headwater stream. Freshwater Biology, 65(10), pp.1673-1684.
Butler, Z.P., Wenger, S.J., Pfaller, J.B., Dodd, M.G., Ondich, B.L., Coleman, S., Gaskin, J.L., Hickey, N., Kitchens-Hayes, K., Vance, R.K. and Williams, K.L., 2020. Predation of loggerhead sea turtle eggs across Georgia’s barrier islands. Global Ecology and Conservation, 23, p.e01139.
Stowe, E.S., Wenger, S.J., Freeman, M.C. and Freeman, B.J., 2020. Incorporating spatial synchrony in the status assessment of a threatened species with multivariate analysis. Biological Conservation, 248, p.108612.
Wenger, S.J., Subalusky, A.L. and Freeman, M.C., 2019. The missing dead: The lost role of animal remains in nutrient cycling in North American Rivers. Food Webs, 18, p.e00106.
You can find more on my Google Scholar page.