The Colorado State University Student Sub-Unit of the American Fisheries Society is a nonprofit, student run organization. The mission of the CSU Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is to enhance the education and professional development of its members to help them become leading fisheries professionals dedicated to advancing the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems.  Officially, we are a sub-unit of the Colorado Wyoming Chapter and national organization of the American Fisheries Society. Our by-laws can be found HERE.

Join AFS! Our current members are a very social group and represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Only minimal membership dues are required and students are welcome to join at any club event.  Benefits of becoming a member include updates and invites to AFS events, fishing tips, career networking opportunities, presentations from leading fishery industry professionals, and discounted membership in the national chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Becoming involved with the American Fisheries Society is an excellent opportunity to meet new people with the same interests. AFS members can participate in exciting events including habitat restoration projects, group fishing trips, the annual College Lake fishing derby, snorkeling local river systems, Western Division of the AFS meetings, the Colorado/Wyoming AFS meeting, and community events.

CLUB MEETINGS:  Both undergraduate and graduate students that attend meetings can meet experts in every area of fisheries and aquatic biology, and acquire information about academic and professional opportunities. Meeting Schedule for Spring 2016 can be found HERE.

LIVE AQUARIUM DISPLAYS: CSU AFS manages four live aquarium displays to help raise awareness and improve education about aquatic species and their habitats. The aquariums are located in the Wagar Building at CSU and include a tropic community fish display, a Colorado native fish display, a Colorado native amphibian display, and a Colorado endangered species display. Check out our display education posters and stop by Wagar Building next time you are on campus.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLYCASTERS: For students that are particularly interested in flyfishing, feel free to check out Trout Unlimited’s Rocky Mountain Flycasters. RMF holds monthly meetings with fly tying demos and speakers, along with restoration and community outreach opportunities; all in which CSU AFS members are welcome to attend. For more information check out their website.


Tim D’Amico, President


Katie Rohwer, Vice President

My hometown is Durango Colorado and I grew up in Colorado Springs before coming to CSU in 2011. Currently I am a 5-year senior undergraduate student in the FWCB department with a concentration in fisheries science and a minor in watershed science. One of my main passions in life has always been fishing, which has lead me to this career path and many other outdoor recreational activities which I enjoy doing. For AFS I have been an active member for three years now and I really enjoy all of the opportunities that AFS has to offer in education and experience. For past fishery work experience I’ve volunteered for the CPW’s lake research unit for two and a half years, worked as an intern for the Pueblo Fish Hatchery, and worked as a fishery technician for the Larval Fish Laboratory. I have a passion for wildlife research and I hope to continue with it as I move further into this career path.


Sandra Hargraves, Student Liason

I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I spent my weekends fishing with my dad in freshwater ponds. I transferred to Colorado State University with an Associates of Science and I am currently working on her Bachelors Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. I have worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a seasonal employee and I volunteer with their annual walleye spawn in Pueblo State Park. Recently I have begun working for the Colorado State University Fish Larval Lab doing summer work on the Yampa and Green rivers monitoring the Colorado Pikeminnow spawn. In my free time, I enjoy fly fishing in the varies rivers and lakes around Colorado.


Eric Cristan, Secretary



Austin Smith, Treasurer

My hometown is Bismarck, North Dakota. As I grew up, I became more and more obsessed with fishing and the outdoors, so after my Sophomore year, I transferred into CSU’s Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology program from NDSU. It is now my senior year, the past summer I worked for the CSU/USGS Coop and was a part of the AFS Mentorship Program under Boyd Wright (ask about it). Post-graduation I hope to work in fisheries in some capacity and attend grad school – (in no particular order).


Michael Miller, Aquarium Curator

Currently, I’m expected to graduate spring of 2018, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, coupled with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. My fascination for aquatic ecosystems started while growing up in the town of Carbondale, Colorado next to the Roaring Fork River, and has continued to mature at CSU. Recently, I was voted to be Tank Curator for the American Fisheries Society, CSU chapter, and have been nominated to lead an undergraduate research study on Northern Pike, (Esox lucius) at CSU. Furthermore, I have been working part time for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as an Aquatic Laboratory Technician, for the state’s cold water lake and reservoir research scientist, Dr. Adam G. Hansen. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I would like to pursue graduate school to link my education with a scientific research facility or agency that stimulates progressive solutions to the most pertinent environmental problems. Ultimately, my long term goals are to either become an aquatic research scientist, aquatic biologist, hydrologist, educator, or anything that can positively impact humanity or strengthen the beautiful world we live in today.


Kristin Hall, Assistant Aquarium Curator

Dr. Chris Myrick, Faculty Advisor
Entering the field of fisheries biology allowed me to parlay my enthusiasm for fish and fishing into a professional career.  I received my B.S. (1992) in Resource Management with a Fisheries emphasis from U.C. Berkeley, and my M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (1998) in Ecology with an emphasis in fish physiological ecology from U.C. Davis.  I have been on the faculty at CSU since 2000, and have developed a highly-applied research program that focuses on fish passage and barrier design, aquaculture, the management of invasive aquatic species, and finding novel ways to improve undergraduate exposure to fisheries research.  While I thoroughly enjoy research, my passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of fisheries biologists is second only to my passion for fishing, so working with the students in the CSU AFS Student Subunit since 2000 has been both enjoyable and rewarding.

Spring 2017 Semester

September 21st: Ed Kluender of the Larval Fish Lab
October 5th: TBA
October 19th: TBA
November 2nd: TBA
November 16th: TBA
November 30th: TBA

September 30th: AFS Kids Fishing Derby

Click HERE for the flyer.


kid_pic_fall_derby_14fish.jpgEach year the CSU Student Chapter of AFS puts on a fishing derby at College Lake, hosting anglers from around the region for some of the best bass and pike fishing in Northern Colorado. Ticketed participants are allowed access to an otherwise restricted lake for this one-day event. Prizes are awarded for the largest bass, largest pike, most fish caught, most inches caught, largest pike on a fly rod, and smallest fish caught.


This year is the 31st Evan Lefort Memorial Fishing Derby! The derby will be held on April 23rd.

Derby tickets go on sale April 16th at 1pm. Limit 1 ticket per person.

Click HERE for the flyer.

Stay tuned for more details here and on our Facebook page!!!


For more information, contact AFSCSU[at]