Elections for Executive Officer positions and Vote on Bylaws changes

In 2018 the Chapter will elect two new Executive Officers, to the offices of President and Secretary.  The candidates’ statements are below (posted January 23, 2018).

The AFS Cal-Neva Chapter will also vote on proposed changes to the AFS Cal-Neva Chapter Bylaws. More information about this vote is provided below on this page, under the heading PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AFS CAL-NEVA CHAPTER BYLAWS.

Electronic voting will open on January 27, 2018 at 9:00 am PST and will close on March 1, 2018 at 9:00 am PST.

You may cast your electronic vote at this Survey Monkey link. You will need to be a dues-paid member of AFS and the AFS Cal-Neva Chapter for 2018 in order to cast your vote. We will be sending an email message to all dues-paid members that will include a verification code which you will need to enter on the electronic ballot. If you have not received the email message and believe that you are eligible to vote, please contact Ramona Swenson to have your dues-paid membership verified and to receive the verification code.



Damon Goodman – Damon has spent the last 14 years working on native fish conservation issues in anadromous streams throughout California. He is a supervisory fish biologist for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and division lead for the habitat assessment branch of the Arcata Field Office. In recent efforts, Damon focused on developing alternative approaches to providing fish passage at manmade obstacles, defining fish distributions, creating tools for environmental streamflow management and evaluating the effectiveness of stream restoration approaches. His efforts have resulted in co-authorship of 20 peer-reviewed publications on fish conservation issues and riverine restoration over the last decade. He earned a Master’s of Science degree in Fisheries at Humboldt State University where he pioneered a study of Pacific Lamprey population structure from British Columbia to Southern California. Conserving California’s native lampreys continues to be a focus of Damon’s career. He serves as a regional representative for the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative and the California Fish Passage Forum. Damon resides in Arcata, California where he enjoys exploring wilderness rivers with his wife and three children.

If elected as president of the Chapter, Damon will promote the mission of the American Fisheries Society to improve the conservation and sustainability of all of California and Nevada’s native fishes and unique aquatic ecosystems by advancing science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

Chris Hogle – I began my career, like many other great aquanauts and fish-heads, as an undergraduate working for Dr. Peter Moyle and his graduate students at UC Davis. After graduating from UC Davis I went on to study floodplain and bay-delta fisheries with the California Department of Water Resources and some dedicated AFS members. I later found myself at a consulting firm (formerly ENTRIX, now Cardno) working with some other dedicated AFS members restoring rivers (fun!), removing a big dam (super fun!), and relicensing some other dams (ok, less newsworthy but very important). I moved to Reno, Nevada in 2008 where I continued some consulting work but also began graduate work at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute. After graduating with my M.S. I resumed full time consulting with Cardno where I work today specializing in applied watershed ecology of the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin. When not working you might find me swimming, skiing, hiking, or camping in the mountains with my wife (a veterinarian) and two little girls.

AFS and the good friends I have made through the organization have played a consistent supporting role in my career. I enjoy assisting the organization whenever the need arises. AFS plays a vital role as a support network students and young professionals can use to plot increasingly complex career paths as science and technology rapidly evolve around them. I started my career as an undergraduate in the Davis-Sacramento student sub-unit in 2002. While at UNR I helped develop the student sub-unit there in collaboration with Trout Unlimited. As a sub-unit we attended AFS conferences, educated local children about fish and bugs, assisted with cleaning and restoration of our beloved Truckee River, and even assisted the Forest Service with native trout re-introduction. More recently, I served as a local arrangements coordinator for the exciting and successful 2016 joint Western Division-Cal Neva conference in Reno. I am looking forward to again showcasing my ‘biggest little’ home city of Reno at the 2019 National AFS conference.

Rob Titus – Hello, Cal-Neva membership! My name is Rob Titus, and I am running for president-elect of the Cal-Neva Chapter. I am excited about running for this post, but before I talk more about why I would like to serve Cal-Neva AFS in this capacity, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, my background, and some of the things that have influenced my interest in fisheries and conservation of aquatic ecosystems.

Where I have lived and the outdoor activities I have engaged in while living in those places have shaped my curiosity and interest in nature and natural resources. Many of us probably share a similar personal history in this regard. I grew up on the banks of the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, fishing for trout, swimming, and otherwise exploring the riparian and aquatic environments that were such a defining part of my immediate world. Those experiences were formative in developing personal connections to the outdoors and outdoor recreation, to natural environments and the resources they produce, and to conservation as a utilizer of those resources. My family translocated to northern California when I started middle school, and my horizons expanded greatly as I began to explore the ecological and biological diversity that defines California. Even though I started university as a music major, my passion for the outdoors and biological conservation eventually won out, and I transferred to Sac State, where I came under the tutelage of fisheries professor Dave Vanicek, who also happened to be one of the founders of the Cal-Neva Chapter. With this major shift in educational goal, I had a lot of learning to do, which continued through the completion of my Bachelor’s and Master’s work in biological sciences at Sac State, training in limnology at Uppsala University in Sweden, and my doctorate work on anadromous brown trout ecology at Uppsala.

I started my professional career as a fishery biologist when I completed my Bachelor’s degree, doing stints with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Department of Water Resources, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation working in areas ranging from wild trout fisheries, Delta fish passage, and the ecology of water quality and fishes in the San Francisco Bay-Delta system. Following my training in Sweden, I returned to California for a post-doc position with Don Erman at the University of California, working at both the Sagehen Creek Field Station on trout ecology and on central coast steelhead. That work groomed my transition into a career position with CDFW, which continues today. My 25 years of work with the State has been diverse, typically addressing long-term issues associated with instream flows and temperatures, water rights, fish population and community monitoring, scale and otolith applications for age-and-growth and stock identification, sport fishery monitoring and research, endangered species conservation, and more. My learning continues not only through my professional engagement, but also through my secondary career as a part-time lecturer and adjunct professor in biological sciences at Sac State. In this role, I teach courses in fisheries, ecology, and natural resource conservation, mentor graduate students, and recruit graduates into our field.

Serving as president of any organization requires leadership skills and vision. I feel qualified to serve in a leadership role based on 14 years of experience supervising large programs at CDFW, nearly 20 years of teaching and mentoring students at Sac State, and previously serving as president of a non-profit cultural organization for 3 years. My vision for serving as president of Cal-Neva is to continue the mission of the Chapter per its strategic plan with an emphasis on recruitment of students and early career professionals, public outreach to affirm the societal relevancy of our profession, and to re-engage the fishery management sector of our profession in the proceedings of the Chapter and its annual meeting.


Kathleen Berridge – My interest in aquatic life started at a young age, in and around the ocean. From hours spent snorkeling to several trips to the local aquarium, I have always been drawn to life underwater. My name is Kathleen Berridge, I grew on the beaches of San Diego, California. For college, I moved inland to attend the University of California, Davis. At first, I was hesitant to live so far from salt water but over time, I was introduced to the world of freshwater fisheries. Working on projects in the Sacramento Delta, I realized the opportunity to use my interest in the aquatic ecosystem to direct my career choices. Since I graduated UC Davis, with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology degree in 2013, I have worked in freshwater aquatic ecology, with an emphasis on fisheries. I am currently working at Environmental Science Associates. Early on in my professional career, I was fortunate to attend several American Fisheries Society conferences. AFS benefited my career development by giving me the opportunity to learn about existing research, present my own research, and communicate with other science professionals. I am interested in serving as Secretary for AFS because I believe it is important to support scientific research and sustainable management of fisheries resources. I would also like expand my experience with AFS and get more involved in the science community.

Mike Davis – Mike Davis is an environmental scientist with Stillwater Sciences in Davis, CA with 10 years of experience in fisheries research and management in California and Montana. Prior to joining Stillwater Sciences Mike’s fisheries experience spanned a wide spectrum of freshwater fisheries work, from desert fishes recovery to research on the winter ecology of native salmonids in ice-covered lakes of Montana. During his Master’s research at Montana State University he served as AFS Student Subunit President, where he emphasized professional and skills training workshops, financial and travel support to AFS meetings for students and Subunit fundraising. While working for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife in Bishop, CA Mike was active in the Desert Fishes Council and environmental education and outreach efforts with the Eastern Sierra Watershed Project and California Native Plant Society. Mike looks forward to applying this broad experience in a variety of professional organizations and fisheries management settings to the Secretary role. If elected he aims to enhance support of students and young professionals and will be a voice for building upon the Chapter’s conservation and policy efforts.



In Article 4 of the Bylaws, the Executive Committee proposes DELETING the following language: “An elected officer shall be ineligible for reelection to the same office for one year after the term expiration date.”

The Executive Committee approved (January 18, 2018) this revision in Article 4 to allow officers to stand for reelection without a gap (which would be one year for President cycle, two years for Treasurer or Secretary). This preserves flexibility for fielding candidates for officer positions and helps maintain institutional knowledge. Other Chapters in the Western Division do not have this condition in their Bylaws. This change is acceptable to the Society’s Constitutional Consultant.

In Article 6 of the Bylaws, regarding members of the Executive Committee, recommend simply stating that Presidents of Student Subunits are members. Propose deleting the specific subunit names, since these may change or more may join in future.

The document showing the proposed changes to the AFS Cal-Neva Chapter Bylaws may be viewed here. (posted January 26, 2018).