Chester, New Jersey
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.
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.
After completing my MS degree, I hope to conduct applied fisheries
research that benefits native species and contributes to thoughtful,
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.
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
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.
I am originally from Colorado, but moved to Idaho in 2010 to work for
the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
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.
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.
In the future, I hope to earn a Ph. D
and make meaningful contributions to fisheries research for the entirety of my
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
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
Educational and Public Outreach Coordinator
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.