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Matt Balazik catches a sturgeon in a net. Photo credit: Jamie Brunkow

Matt Balazik Is Working to Restore Prehistoric Sturgeon to James River in Virginia

July 26, 2018

(Photo credit: Jamie Brunkow)

 

 

Hopewell and Prince George, Virginia (PRWEB)

Matt Balazik, PhD, is helping to restore the Atlantic sturgeon to the James River in Virginia. Balazik works for the Army Corps of Engineers and is a research assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center, just south of Hopewell, Virginia.

Balazik grew up in a house in Prince George County. “I could throw a baseball from my lawn into the James,” he said. “We knew of sturgeon, but it was more like folklore.” The sturgeon has disappeared from the James River. When Balazik went to Virginia Commonwealth University to earn a master’s degree in biology, he decided to write his thesis about the disappearing sturgeon. He continued that study for his doctoral dissertation.

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