June 7 Speaker- Thomas (Tom) O’Connell, USGS Leetown Science Center Director

Tom is Director of the Leetown Science Center where he leads a team of interdisciplinary scientists to conduct fishery and aquatic ecology research to support the management needs of the Department of Interior and other Federal and state agencies. Prior to becoming Center Director in September 2016, Tom worked 23 years for the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR) Fisheries Service where he began as a fisheries biologist and served 7 years as the State’s Fisheries Director. Tom grew up in Western New York and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Tom has a personal passion and sincerity in protecting natural resources in balance with societal needs using sound science for the enjoyment of today and tomorrow’s generations. Tom, his wife and their four children spend as much time as they can outdoors, enjoying fishing, hunting, camping and sports.

On June 7th, Tom will attend our Northern Virginia Trout Unlimited Meeting and provide a presentation on the focus of fisheries research conducted at the USGS Leetown Science Center. The presentation will focus on science being conducted to inform policy makers responsible for the conservation, management and restoration of brook trout and aquatic ecosystems in the mid-Atlantic region. Topics will include citizen science programs where NVATU members can actively assist the USGS Leetown Science Center’s research program for trout.