Hellbender Research, eDNA Work, and Habitat Restoration in PA

May 19, 2018

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Visitor Center Gallery

2018 Spring Lecture

Eastern Hellbender photo by Andrew Dreelin


Join Eric Chapman, Director of Aquatic Science for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, for a fun-filled afternoon learning about Pennsylvania’s largest and most reclusive salamander, the Eastern Hellbender. Learn about this animal’s interesting habits, including where they live, what they eat, and why they are such an important aquatic organism. Learn about the conservation efforts of WPC and our partners pertaining to this fantastic animal.

Eric J. Chapman specializes in aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and the restoration of aquatic ecosystems primarily in western and central Pennsylvania. As the Director of Aquatic Science for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Watershed Conservation Program since 2006, he is responsible for the coordination of all scientific monitoring for macroinvertebrates, freshwater mussels, Eastern Hellbenders, and fisheries projects. He has identified areas that support Eastern Hellbender populations across Pennsylvania utilizing both eDNA techniques and traditional lift and turn survey methodologies. As a result of this and other conservation projects, Eric and his team have published 11 peer-reviewed scientific articles on a variety of topics ranging from marine to freshwater ecosystems.  

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