taveryPast President: Trevor Avery

Assistant Professor
33 Westwood Ave.
Departments of Biology & Mathematics and Statistics
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia,  B4P2R6
[email protected]

I research aquatic (and sometimes terrestrial) systems using biostatistical methods with a focus on animal populations, conservation, and human dimensions. Currently, my students study population dynamics, conservation, stewardship and recreational angling of Striped Bass and two skate species (Winter and Little Skates), social cohesion in fishes, American Eel habitat use and population dynamics, introduced species (Smallmouth Bass and Chain Pickerel) and their effects on community structure. We use and create long-term data sets through conservation monitoring. Various smaller projects include lynx prey habitat use, squid and lady crab demographics, and the use of local ecological knowledge in conservation. I also teach biostatistical methods mainly through R and through organizing


President: Jason LeBlanc

Manager-Resource Management, Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture

PO Box 700, 91 Beeches Rd, Pictou, NS, CAN   B0K 1H0

O: (902) 485-7029  F: (902) 485-4014 M; (902) 396-8021

Email: [email protected]

I currently work in research and development for the recreational sportfishery of Nova Scotia. I manage the Resource Management Section which leads provincial sportfish management programs, monitoring, regulation development, research initiatives and programs designed to maximize economic contribution and increase understanding and recognition of the freshwater sportfishing.  One of my main goals is to improve the conservation of the Province’s fishery resources through active stewardship, partnership and the use of strategic stakeholder management practices to ensure sustainability of the freshwater fishery for future generations. My interests include aquatic ecology, invasive species issues, smallmouth bass reproductive behavior and coastal ecosystems.

 Pete Emesron085Vice 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]

SarahVogelUniversity of Maine Subunit President: Sarah Vogel

I am currently working towards my MS in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine. My thesis is focused on how decisions are made regarding fish passage during the hydropower relicensing process. This work is intended to provide information as to which social and ecological factors influence the implementation of fish passage and what knowledge gaps still exist. Ultimately, the research is meant to provide stakeholders with important information that’s useful in making informed decisions. Additionally, I have worked closely with my colleagues to assist in their research and gain valuable skills with a concentration on East coast diadromous fish. I became involved in the AFS UMaine Subunit to facilitate outreach opportunities and enhance professional development within the University of Maine. I am very grateful for the experience that I’ve gained at UMaine and within the greater AFS community and continually look for ways to give back as a leader.


LinasKenterUniversity of New Hampshire Subunit President: Linas Kenter

I am currently a PhD candidate at University of New Hampshire. My dissertation has focused on evaluating different geographic strains of Striped Bass from Nova Scotia to Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico for performance traits. This information will be critical for aquaculture development of the species and lays the groundwork for selective breeding or domestication efforts. Additional projects include striped bass stress physiology, reproduction, population genomics, hydrid growth trials, black sea bass sex change, river herring culture, and rainbow smelt spawning/restoration. I became involved with AFS because I believe the skills obtained through studying aquaculture (keeping fish alive) are invaluable to answer questions related to fisheries science. A culturist’s ability to precisely control the environment and maintain healthy populations of fish at different life stages allows for observations to be made that would otherwise be impossible in the nature.

Linas Kenter

PhD candidate
Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Hampshire

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAQuebec Student Subunit President: Heather Stewart

I am a PhD candidate at McGill University in Montreal and a fellow with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. My dissertation work focuses on understanding the role of stress and disturbance on community structure surrounding mangrove islands. My broad research interests have allowed me to work with freshwater, brackish, and marine fishes around the world. The American Fisheries Society has been a pillar in my academic career. I have been part of all four AFS divisions either as a professional or student while working at five different universities and institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Throughout the duration of my master’s I served on the executive committee of our student subunit every year. The programs our subunit led and workshops I helped organize as well as strong student involvement resulted in our subunit being awarded outstanding student subunit. When I began my PhD program in Montreal, I found there was no AFS student subunit in the entire province, so I continued my involvement with AFS by serving as the Canadian Division Representative for two years. During that time, I worked with the AIC to establish the Quebec student subunit. This year I am also serving as President-elect of the Student and Early Career Professionals Subsection of the Education Section of the AFS. Outside of involvement in student subunits, I serve as a volunteer editor for the International Fisheries Section Editorial Assistance Program, peer review manuscripts for AFS journals, serve as an abstract and poster judge, and I am currently active in eight AFS sections. Professionally, I have mentor undergraduate and masters students, served as an officer for eight different organizations, and I run outreach programs in three countries promoting education, equity, and connecting children to the outdoors.

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.