University of Idaho

Palouse Student Sub-Unit of the American Fisheries Society



                                           Palouse Unit Officers 2014-2015




Elizabeth Ng


Origin: Chester, New Jersey

Study: I am a MS student at the University of Idaho.  My research focuses on the population dynamics and trophic ecology of nonnative lake trout in Priest Lake, Idaho.

Involvement:  Iím excited to be involved with AFS and contribute to the organization.  The society is a great source for information about current fisheries science and career issues.  There are many opportunities for people at all career levels to benefit and be involved, from undergraduate students to professionals. 

Career Goals: After completing my MS degree, I hope to conduct applied fisheries research that benefits native species and contributes to thoughtful, science-based management.









Marika Dobos


Origin:  I am a native of Oregon and received my B.S. degree in Biology from Eastern Oregon University.  After completing my B.S., I continued my education at Oregon State University focusing on Fisheries Science.  Recently, I was working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researching anadromous fish species in eastern Oregon. 

Study:  I am currently a M.S. student in fishery science at the University of Idaho.  Primarily, I am interested in answering questions that influences management and conservation of native fishes.  Although widely distributed through Idaho, some populations of westslope cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi such as in the South Fork Clearwater River Basin are depressed.  My research focuses on investigating the status of this population.  Radio telemetry and underwater observations will be used to describe seasonal movement patterns, habitat selection, and possible limiting factors of westslope cutthroat trout.  I will also investigate detectability of underwater observation techniques.

Involvement:  I have been a member of the American Fisheries Society since 2011.  My involvement with AFS has rewarded me with professional development and networking among other professionals in fisheries.  As secretary, I hope to help provide these opportunities to members.

Career Goals: After completing my M.S.program, I will seek a position in fisheries where I can continue influencing management and conservation decisions.

Vice President

Zach Klein


Origin:  I am originally from Colorado, but moved to Idaho in 2010 to work for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Study:  In 2013, I joined Michael C. Quistís lab at the University of Idaho to pursue a M.S degree investigating Burbot ecology in the Green River drainage of Wyoming.  Specifically, my project focuses on evaluating the efficacy of various sampling methods, habitat use, population dynamics, and diet.

Involvement:  Although I have been involved with the American Fisheries Society since being an undergraduate, I became more involved with the organization when I became an officer in the Palouse Unit AFS.  I chose to become involved with the PUAFS because it affords me the opportunity to work closely with undergraduates, meet fisheries professionals, and stay current in fisheries research.

Career Goals:   In the future, I hope to earn a Ph. D and make meaningful contributions to fisheries research for the entirety of my career.







Marc Terrazas 


Origin:  I a native of Missoula, Montana.  After doing a small tour of Northwest schools I finished a B.A. in Biology from the University of Montana in 2007.  I followed this by working for Montana FWP for 5 years on a statewide fish health management project. 

Study:  I am currently a M.S. student at the University of Idaho looking at stress mitigated impacts of burbot raised in captivity as part of an ongoing conservation and restoration effort on the Kootenai River in northern Idaho. 

Involvement:  I wasn't involved with AFS during my years as an undergraduate.  Upon employment with Montana FWP I noticed the professional development and networking opportunities AFS provides and have been a national and chapter member ever since.  I am currently the membership chair for Montana AFS, a position I have held since 2012, and look forward to continued involvement there and taking on the treasurer's position for the Palouse subunit. 

Career goals:  Like has been stated by everyone on this page I want to have a continued positive influence on fisheries management, conservation and where needed restoration.    




Educational and Public Outreach Coordinator

Kent Shirts 






















Undergraduate Representative

Katie Huggler


Origin: Priest River, Idaho

Involvement: I have been involved with American Fisheries Society for 2 years. American Fisheries Society has presented numerous resources for careers, learning opportunities, and connecting with professionals in the fisheries field. As Undergraduate Representative, I hope to give many new undergraduate students the same opportunities I have received.

Career Goals: After I finish my B.S degree in Wildlife and Fishery Resources, I hope to continue on to graduate school and contribute my knowledge to conservation and management of wildlife and fisheries.



Student Affairs Council Rep.

Earl Beasley


Origin: I was born here in Moscow and have lived all over the West. I spent the majority of my growing up years with the Main Salmon River in my front yard and the back side of the Boulder White Cloud Mountains in my back yard in Clayton, Idaho between Challis and Stanley.

Study: Growing up in this unique environment let me experience the impacts we (humans) have on our environment and the other creatures that we share it with. Seeing some of the effects that mining has had on our rivers and streams, I would love to be able to try and restore some of the streams and watersheds to a more natural state. I am interested in improving the whole watershed and not just one aspect of it so I am trying to get a better understanding from all aspects that I can. I am a senior here at the University of Idaho majoring in Fisheries Resources with three minors: Aquaculture, Forest Resources, and Rangeland Ecology and Management.

Involvement: I got involved with PUAFS about 3 years ago. I decided to become more involved with PUAFS once I saw all the opportunities that are provided to get hands on experience and work alongside professionals in the field.

Career goals: To become a watershed restoration specialist in order to improve water quality, habitat, and overall health of entire watersheds to help restore native fish populations.




Graduate Representative

Brian Lanouette



Origin: I grew up in SW Washington, but I have been living intermittently on the Palouse since I started my undergraduate degree at Washington State University. I completed both my undergraduate and MS degrees at WSU under Dr. Barry Moore, in his limnology lab, studying the effects of lake oxygenation on cold-water fish habitat. Following those degrees, I worked seasonally for Idaho Department of Fish and Game in the winter and as a salmon/trout sport-fishing guide for remote lodges/camps in Bristol Bay and South Central AK during the summers.

Study: Once again under Dr. Moore at WSU, I recently started a PhD program to continue my education in fisheries and lake ecosystems. My research focus with this program is evaluating the population dynamics and carrying capacity of kokanee in a lake on the Colville Confederated Tribes Reservation.

Involvement: Although I have been both a student/non-student member of AFS since my undergraduate degree, I have remained relatively inactive in the society outside of annual conferences. With the beginning of my new program of study, I would like to become more connected with student and professional members of AFS, because connections made through AFS are crucial to professional development and for the development of the fisheries field in general. I am looking forward to meeting more people and making more connections in the society. In addition, I would like to help provide more opportunities for members to get involved in field trips and fisheries related outings throughout the year.  

Career Goals: Because fish are the product of the ecosystem they inhabit, an ecosystem-based approach of looking at fish populations dominates the focus of my research efforts.  In doing so, the result is a greater understanding of the system. I would like to this focus to my career goals as a biologist working toward research and management of salmon/steelhead for the enhancement of the target species and system as a whole. 


Washington State University Liaison

Megan Skinner


Origin: I grew up in Vancouver, WA and graduated with a B.S. in Biology (Ecology emphasis) from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.  I spent my high school and early college years working for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Cascade Science School in Bend, OR as a wilderness guide. For the remaining years as an undergraduate, I worked for the Forest Service as a wilderness and climbing ranger on Mt. Adams in SW Washington. After graduating, I took winters off to ski, travel and complete several internships.

Study: In May 2011, I began Limnology graduate work with Barry Moore at Washington State University. In 2013, I received a M.S. in Natural Resource Science from Washington State University (WSU) and am continuing my work with Dr. Moore in pursuit of a Ph.D. 

Involvement: I have been involved with the PUAFS since Fall 2011, attending field trips and state and regional AFS conferences. Last year I was the secretary for PUAFS and have decided to build better connections with students interested in Aquatic Sciences at WSU.  I hope to improve participation and interest of WSU students to provide them with the same opportunities.



Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christine Moffitt





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