Tonight in Shepherdstown: The tale of the

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Author and ecologist Anders Halverson tonight will present a look at the rainbow trout, a fish often vilified for its devastating effects on native fauna but still the most commonly stocked fish in the United States.

Halverson, an award-winning journalist, aquatic ecologist and lifelong fisherman Anders who holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Yale University, will present his free talk, “An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World,” at 7 in the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center on Shepherd Grade Road just outside of Shepherdstown.

His talk is based on his 2010 book of the same name. He completed the work as a research associate at the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Halverson, who grew up in Denver, today is the senior editor at Green Mountain Digital Research Faculty at Center of the American West at the University of Colorado.

According to Halverson, the debate over rainbow trout encompasses more than a century of the nation’s often contradictory philosophies about the natural world. While the rainbow trout still is sometimes glorified as the preeminent sport fish, it’s also being eradicated from waters in much of the United States.

Halverson’s presentation also will chronicle the discovery of rainbow trout and their artificial propagation and distribution.

Tonight’s presentation – part of NCTC’s monthly Conservation Lecture Series – is open to the public and no tickets or reservations are required.

For more information, contact NCTC’s Mark Madison (304-876-7276 or or go online to

The NCTC is the home of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The center provides training tailored to support Fish and Wildlife Service employees and conservation partners. The lecture series is co-sponsored by The Friends of the NCTC.

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