Here are the biographies of our current officers at USU American Fisheries Society.


 

  • President: Nick Barrett
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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: Adam Johnson

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  • Secretary: Ashley Hall

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  • Treasurer: Ryan West
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Ryan West

Ryan is a Utah native and is currently an undergraduate student in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program at Utah State University where he has been involved in undergraduate research in the Fish Ecology Lab. His recent research project dealt with the spatial and temporal variations of sculpin diets in Logan River, Utah. Other lab work that Ryan participates in includes enumerating zooplankton, prepping stable isotopes, and conducting gut content analysis on fish diets. This past summer he was an NSF REU with the lakes group at Toolik Field Station. His REU research project deals with characterizing the macroinvertebrate and fish communities on a set of open lakes that flow into Toolik. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, backpacking, and trail running. 

 

  • Public Relations: Laura Erickson

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    Laura Erickson

I am an undergraduate student in the Department of Watershed Resources in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program at Utah State University. I have always had a great love for animals and the outdoors. I recently have learned how to fly fish, and love every opportunity that I have to get outdoors and learn more about fishing. I was recently offered a position working in the USU Fish Ecology Lab where I will work to analyze otoliths and diet samples from specimen collected at Utah Lake. I am the public relations officer for the USU AFS Student Chapter and am excited to have the opportunity to become more involved in my field of study.

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  • Outreach: Bryce Bollinger
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  • Faculty Adviser: Dr. Brett Roper
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Dr. Roper

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