Russell Meteghan July 2019

President: Russell H Easy PhD, MSc.

I am a comparative biologist with broad research interests. I first completed a pure sciences diploma at CÉGEP, and then a degree in biochemistry at Algonquin college, was a registered microbiologist at the Canadian College of Microbiology, and have a bachelor’s degree from Carleton University. I have a Master’s degree from St. Mary’s and a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University. I began my scientific career as a biologist with Health Canada in Ontario where I worked with bacterial pathogens in the molecular characterization of toxin and antibiotic resistance genes. I then moved to Winnipeg where I helped establish the molecular diagnostics lab at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health. My passion, however, is marine science so I accepted a position with the National Research Council – Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB) in Halifax, where I was involved in research exploring fish pathogens. When the department’s focus changed I left my Government position to continue research in marine animals and to teach. As an Associate Professor at Acadia University, I have been very successful in acquiring funding for the numerous research projects which I have established. I have a dynamic lab that includes collaborations with national, international, industrial and academic partners. The current focus of research in The Easy Lab is exploring molecular mechanisms of stress in animals. I serve as the Acadia Honours program coordinator, the Bon Portage field course co-coordinator and am the Chair for Science Atlantic Biology. I also have a passion for science education and have presented public lectures to students of all ages for more than 20 years. In the past I served as Program Director for a major music festival for several years and presently am an avid kayaker and musician.

Associate Professor
Acadia Biology Honours Coordinator
Coordinator Bon Portage Field Course:
Chair Biology Science Atlantic:
Director The Blue Dream Project:
Department of Biology
Acadia University, Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6
Ph:  +1 (902) 585-1156
Fax: +1 (902) 585-1059
Email: [email protected]

Vice President: Tyson Morrill

Tyson Morrill grew up and still resides in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where fishing, hunting, and trapping sparked a curiosity for the outdoors. A naturalist mentality grew while working seasonally in fisheries techniques while pursuing a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences with a Wildlife focus from Paul Smith’s College in New York’s Adirondack mountains. Tyson’s early career focused on human-wildlife conflict mitigation and disease monitoring ranging from Alaska to Vermont before transitioning to fisheries research back in New Hampshire. Along the White Mountains, he established a long-term ecological monitoring project studying wild Brook Trout movement and demographics prior to culvert barrier removal, leading to a M.S. in Biology and ArcGIS certificate from Plymouth State University. His project management grew while directing the regional Conservation program on ‘Golden Pond’ (Squam Lakes) which ranged from year-round water quality monitoring, to dive crews removing invasive milfoil. At present, Tyson is the Restoration Project Manager at the Merrimack River Watershed Council where he implements projects focusing on source water protection, riparian restoration, and a growing focus on large-scale fish passage challenges across NH and MA. Becoming a liaison between adverse stakeholders within both professional and volunteer roles has produced a unique skillset that he utilizes to promote an appreciation for nature, and enact change. In his free time, Tyson volunteers as a Representative on the Pemigewasset River Local River Advisory Committee, Director of the NH Trappers Association, and serves on the Governor’s Commission for the Humane Treatment of Animals; and remains immersed in every New England season- foraging for edible plants, gardening, harvesting wild game, and chasing the ‘big one’ while ice fishing during the winter months.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (978) 655-4742, x704

Pete Emesron085

Past President: Pete Emerson 374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 4, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819, (802) 751-0485, [email protected]
Pete has been a fish biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department since 2015. He started work at the Department in 2007 as a Fish and Wildlife Specialist. Pete works out of the St. Johnsbury office, roaming a district in the northeast corner of the State. His focus areas are: State lands management where he conserves, protects and enhances State-owned lands for fish, wildlife and their habitat; Lake Memphremagog and its watershed where he partners with local environmental managers and their Quebec counterparts; the Clyde River landlocked Atlantic salmon restoration project where the Department is working with a hydro power facility to ensure safe passage for spawning adults and their progeny; and a variety of regulatory work related to fish habitat.Pete has been involved in conservation work in the Northeast as a manager of an organic ginseng farm, a trail builder and environmental educator for a non-profit conservation organization, a graduate student on a large Atlantic salmon project on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada, as a consulting forester on private lands, and as a tutor of the sciences at the State college in Lyndonville, VT.Pete has worked on organic farms in Ireland and Scotland, a carpenter in England, a machine operator in a plastic factory in Burlington, VT, served on school boards and planning commissions in the town he resides and earned his Commercial Pilots and Multi-Engine Pilots Licenses.


Secretary / Treasurer: Scott Pavey

Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor Department of Biological Sciences

University of New Brunswick Canadian Rivers Institute, 100 Tucker Park Rd., Saint John, NB E2L4L5 CANADA

T 506 638-2434 Office CRI 129 Lab CRI 215 Email: Scott Pavey [email protected]

University of Maine Student Subunit President: Daison Weedop

I am a second-year master’s student at the University of Maine in Orono. My research focuses on studying freshwater fish community interactions using food webs constructed with stable isotope data. We worked closely with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to sample the fish community in five lakes within Acadia National Park. We also partnered within Purchase College to collect stable isotopes from the bird community nearby these lakes. With my work, I hope to provide useful knowledge to the scientific community and information that will benefit the state of Maine. Previously, at Utah State University, I worked closely with the Fish Ecology Lab studying fish predation in the San Juan River and worked at Toolik Field Station, AK. At Toolik Field Station I studied Arctic Grayling movement and developed a great interest in fisheries science. My experiences at Toolik have motivated me to seek a lifelong career in fisheries sciences.

If you want to learn more about the UMaine Subunit send us an email at [email protected] and follow us on Facebook at @UMaineAFSStudent

University of New Hampshire Subunit President: Nathan Hermann

I am currently a Masters student at the University of New Hampshire, but have also accepted an offer to stay for a PhD both advised by Nathan Furey. My current research focuses on understanding the impact of seasonal change on fish movement and feeding ecology using sculpin in the high Canadian Arctic as a model system. I have done so combining summertime diet studies with year-round acoustic telemetry to compare the behavior of fish under sea-ice to those exploiting the pulse of summer resources. My interests in this area stem from my desire to comprehend the often-shrouded lives of fish and aquatic life generally and to advocate for their protection. With my PhD work, I hope to expand my quantitative skillset by incorporating mixed predator-prey interactions into an integrated forecast of the Gulf of Maine community given rapidly advancing climate change in the area. I hope my involvement with AFS can help grant me in-depth experiences with all manner of fish and fisheries researchers and to carry through from theoretical to applied knowledge.
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Quebec Student Subunit President: Ramela Koumrouyan 

I’m an MSc candidate at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Head specializing in ecotoxicology, where I study the effect of UV stabilizers on the physiological and molecular survival response in birds. Previously, I completed my BSc in Biology and a minor in multidisciplinary sciences at Concordia University, where I spent most of my degree studying aquatic population conservation in Dr. Dylan Fraser’s lab. I assisted on various projects, like geo-referencing populations with microsatellite data, conducting literature reviews about epigenetics and about conservation through the lens of indigenous knowledge, doing molecular analysis for fish samples and getting my feet wet with fieldwork by wading through various streams to survey fish. I grew very fond of brook trout and salmon during that time, and I fell in love with the fieldwork that came with the research. I hope to balance both molecular techniques and fieldwork in the future and implement concrete policies to better conserve aquatic and avian populations.

If you would like to contact the Quebec Student Subunit Executive Committee, you can reach us at [email protected] or leave a comment on our Facebook page.