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 TIME/PLACE: AFS CSU meets every other Thursday evening at 5:30 pm in Wagar 133. Pizza will be available for attendees.


  • September 1-September 15: AFS CSU T-shirts design contest open
  • September 8: Officer nominations and presentation by Dr. Kurt Fausch, emeritus professor, “The Power of Stories for Reaching Public Audiences with Science: relationships between people and rivers”
  • September 17: Tentative backpack electrofishing field trip to local stream
  • September 22: Officer elections and presentation by Dr. Tom Schultz, Denison University, aquatic entomology
  • Late September- early October: Overnight barge electrofishing trip to South Platte River for trout population sampling
  • October 6: Presentation by Matt Fairchild, USFS Arapaho Roosevelt Forest Fisheries Biologist, Greenback Cutthroat recovery, wildfire, and USFS fisheries work
  • October 8: Fishing Derby ticket sales
  • October 13: Fishing Derby Volunteer meeting
  • October 15: Kids’ Fishing Derby, College Lake, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm.
  • October 20: Presentation by Preston Freshwater Ecology lab student panel, Fire and food webs research
  • November 3: Presentation by Matt Kondrattief, CPW Aquatic Research Scientist, effects of stream habitat modifications
  • November 17: Presentation by Dr. Anna Lavoie, CSU Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Research on women’s involvement in subsistence and commercial Alaska fisheries
  • December 1: Tentative graduate student panel from Kanno Stream Fish Ecology Lab, project overview and graduate school planning


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.



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Will, Student President

Hello everyone! My name is Will Harvey and I am a 4th year majoring in Natural Resource Management and minoring in Fisheries and Aquatic sciences. I first learned to fish at the age of 6 and have been addicted ever since. I first got in to fish conservation when I was in high school when I was studying biology and was introduced to population dynamics. Ever since, I’ve volunteered with various organizations as well as worked in the fly fishing industry. If you’re ever wanting to talk fishing or fisheries management, I’ll be around!





Westley, Vice President

Hi! I’m Westley and I am a junior with a major in zoology minoring in fishery biology and chemistry. I love being outdoors and am always down for a day on the water!






Lukas, Treasurer

Hey, I am Lukas!

 I am a third year Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences student and the subunit’s treasurer. I spent a lot of time in Latvia and Colorado when I was growing up, and I quickly became fascinated with water and everything that relies on it. When I am not studying or fishing, I spend time drawing, riding bicycles, and hosting a radio show at KCSU.




Skylar, Aquarium Curator

Skylar is from Lakewood, Colorado, and is majoring in FWCB with a concentration in Fisheries and Aquatics Biology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. 

In high school, Skylar started volunteering at the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, and loved explaining the animals to people. Skylar has always been interested in aquatic life and hopes to become a marine biologist who studies coral reef ecology.  Skylar especially enjoys learning about the behavior of organisms and the interactions in aquatic ecosystems.





Collin, Aquarium Curator

My name is Collin Miller, and I grew up in Berthoud Colorado. I’ve had a love of the outdoors and passion for the aquariums since I was a child. I am pursuing a degree here at CSU in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with a concentration in fisheries and Aquatic Sciences to learn more and develop my increasing interest in fisheries. I am looking forward to sharing my love of the outdoors and passion for aquariums during my time at CSU and beyond.


Dr. Yoichiro Kanno, Faculty Advisor
Hi all, my name is Dr. Yoichiro Kanno, I was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I developed my enthusiasm for fish as a kid by going saltwater fishing and keeping tropical fish tanks at home. I received my B.A. (law) in Japan, M.E.S. (environmental studies) in Canada and Ph.D. in natural resources at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining CSU in Fall 2017, I was a faculty member at Clemson University, South Carolina. I study stream fish ecology and conservation, with a broad interest in genetics,  behavior, population and community dynamics, and landscape ecology. My current research projects are located not only in Colorado, but also in the eastern USA and Japan. I have worked with undergraduate students on research projects and look forward to working with members of the CSU AFS Student Subunit on local aquatic research and outreach issues.


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