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Amy Maynard

Mussel Propagation Biologist
biologist Amy Maynard

Amy Maynard is a freshwater mussel propagation biologist working at the Virginia Fisheries and Aquatic Wildlife Center (VFAWC), located at Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City, VA.  With 10 years of experience, her position focuses primarily on the propagation and culture of endangered and threatened freshwater mussel species from the Atlantic Slope region.  She also trains incoming interns from the Wildlife Intern Network (Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) and educates the public during outreach opportunities at the hatchery.  She obtained her Master’s degree in Biology from Missouri State University in 2015 studying sex-specific mitochondrial genes and spawning in Venustaconcha pleasii (Bleedingtooth mussel), a species endemic to the Ozarks.  She is interested in improving propagation and culture technique where possible by increasing knowledge of mussel feeding, mussel-host relationships, and improving culture systems.  Her research interests lie in mussel reproduction, feeding, health, and life history as relates to conservation of this highly endangered taxa of animals