Here are the biographies of our current officers at USU American Fisheries Society.
- President: Nick Barrett
I am a PhD student in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University advised by Dr. Phaedra Budy. My research interests lie broadly within the fields of aquatic ecology and ecosystem functioning. More specifically, I am interested in food web dynamics and how outside forces, such as a changing climate and anthropogenic influence, can modify interactions between organisms and their resources with a focus on fish. I began at Utah State University in March 2017 after finishing obtaining my MS at Miami University and my undergraduate degree at Lawrence University,WI. My current research at USU addresses the effects of climate change on arctic lakes in Alaska. I recently took over the position as president of USU AFS Student Chapter.
- Vice President: Richard Buys
Richard Buys grew up in Centerville Utah. Throughout the course of his life he’s developed and dism
issed passions for many different things. The one passion that has always persisted is his love for the outdoors. After a few semesters exploring different majors, Richard decided to follow his passion and is now a junior in the Fisheries and Aquatic Science program. Richard is an avid fly-fisherman and has spent the last two years as a manager and guide at a local fly shop. Currently, Richard works in the National Aquatic Monitoring Center at USU. He’s a lover of cutthroat trout, good food, lawn games, and stand-up comedy.
- Secretary: Tim Young
No biography available.
- Treasurer: Tyler Arnold
No biography available.
- Public Relations: Hunter Lucas
I am a senior, studying fisheries and aquatic science. I currently work as a fisheries technician for the USU Lake Ecology Lab. The past two years, I have been researching drought and lake-level decline and how that impacts fish habitat. I am recently starting a new project researching the effects of non-native walleye suppression. After I graduate this spring, I plan to attend graduate school to receive an MS in Fish Ecology
- Web Guru: Cheyne Warren
Cheyne Warren lived in Torrey, a rural town bordering Capital Reef National Park for her young childhood. Her experience in the Park instilled her with a love for the outdoors and nature. She is an undergraduate in Wildlife Science but she is planning to follow a career path in veterinary science. Cheyne enjoys backpacking, critters, art, writing, learning random animal facts, and being outdoors.
- Faculty Adviser: Dr. Brett Roper