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Past Officers


  • President:  Ted Sedell

  • Vice President:  John Syslo

  • Treasurer:  Evan Faulk

  • Secretary:  Jon Wester


  • President:  Mike Duncan

  • Vice President:  Mariah Talbot

  • Treasurer:  Ryan Lamb

  • Secretary:  Clint Smith


  • President:  Kris Homel

  • Vice President:  Lora Tennant

  • Treasurer:  Justin Spinelli

  • Secretary:  Jen Ard


  • President:  Peter Brown

  • Vice President:  Mike Meeuwig

  • Treasurer:  Ben Goodman

  • Secretary:  Ben Cox


  • President:  Kiza Gates

  • Vice President:  Leslie Bahn

  • Treasurer:  Leo Rosenthal

  • Secretary:  Ben Savelli


  • President:  Brian Bellgraph

  • Vice President:  Eric Oldenberg

  • Treasurer:  Leslie Bahn

  • Secretary:  Windy Davis


  • President:  Andy Dux

  • Vice President:  Melissa Jones-Wuellner

  • Treasurer:  Paul Gerrity

  • Secretary:  Steve Gale


  • January 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm:  Business meeting to nominate new officers, discuss upcoming events, and discuss amending Chapter bylaws to require election of officers before the MT Chapter annual meeting

  • January 28, 2008 at 5:30 pm:  Officer elections and discussion of upcoming events

  • November 8, 2008 at 11:00 am:  Discussion and lunch with Dr. Robert Behnke

  • October 17, 2007 at 5:30 pm:  Leanne Roulson, with Garcia and Associates consulting, will discuss Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) standards; the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards

  • October 16:  Lake trout gill-netting on Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park

  • September 26, 2007 - 5:30 pm:  Bozeman area game warden, Brian Loyd, will discuss his profession and provided recommendations for those interested in becoming a game warden

  • September 12, 2007:  Join us at Cooper Park starting at 5:30 pm for our annual fall BBQ.

  • March 27th (Tuesday), 2007:  Montana Trout Presentation, 6:00 pm 304 Lewis Hall.  John Zelazny will be presenting a program describing Montana Trout, a new trout conservation organization in Montana.  He will also be recruiting volunteers for a fund-raiser he is having at the Emerson on May 10th.

  • April 21st (Saturday), 2007:  Second annual joint field day with The Wildlife Society and first annual Mandeville Creek clean-up- 9:00am. We will meet at the Pavilion on the corner of College and 11th at 9:00. We'll update folks on the conservation efforts to date then we’ll pickup trash and walk the stream. We have coordinated these efforts with Bozeman Cleanup Day (4/21) and Earth Day (4/22).  We plan on grilling out at 12:00 then establishing our Monitoring Campaign in the afternoon. We will be electrofishing, setting up discharge monitoring stations (Aqua-rods), collecting water quality information and will be coordinating these events with the Field Day. This is a great opportunity to gain field experience for summer jobs.

  • April 28th (Saturday), 2007:  The Fish and Wildlife Forum returns @ Lindley Park Center- 5:00pm.  This year we will have live music by the Ecotones, the Ecology Department Awards, a raffle, slideshow, a roast pig, and beverages. Bring a dish to pass and friends. Tickets are for sale in the Ecology Department office (310 Lewis) and at the door (5$ advance, 7$ at the door).

  • November 14th, 2006:  Bob Wiltshire, Chief of Operations for the Federation of Fly Fishers will be discussing invasive species management and outreach.  5:15 pm, 304 Lewis Hall.

  • December 5th, 2006:  Joe Urbani, Chief Biologist for Urbani and Associates will be discussing some of his current restoration projects.  5:15 pm, 304 Lewis Hall.

  • October 17th, 2006:  Kajsa Stromberg, Outreach Coordinator for the Montana Water Center will show the new Whirling Disease movie created by students in the MSU Wildlife Film program.  5:15pm, 304 Lewis Hall.

  • September 19th, 2006:  First meeting of the fall, 5:15pm, 304 Lewis Hall.  Come hear about our upcoming project on Mandeville Creek.

  • September 12th, 2006:  Fall BBQ at Cooper Park, 5:00 pm - free.

  • August 23rd/24th, 2006:  Check out our booth at Catapalooza, 12:00-5:00 both days

News and Announcements

  • MSUAFS members Jen Ard, Peter Brown, Ben Goodman, Mike Meeuwig, and Shane Vatland presented results of their research at the 2008 annual meeting of the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Billings, Montana

  • Dr. Robert Behnke will be visiting MSU on November 8th to give a presentation at the Museum of the Rockies for the grand opening of the library's Trout and Salmon Collection

  • MSUAFS members Jim Boyd, Kiza Gates, Kris Homel, Mike Meeuwig, and Shane Vatland presented results of their research at the Wild Trout IX Symposium in West Yellowstone, Montana

  • The Wild Trout IX Symposium to be held in West Yellowstone, Montana, October 9-12, 2007

  • MSUAFS members Leslie Bahn, Jim Boyd, Windy Davis, Ryan Harnish, Jason Mullen, Amber Steed, and Shane Vatland presented results of their research at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in San Francisco

  • MSUAFS member Kiza Gates receives Best Student Paper award at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in San Francisco

  • MSUAFS member Mike Meeuwig receives Best Student Paper - Honorable Mention award at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in San Francisco

  • MSUAFS member Peter Brown discusses Mandeville Creek (MSU in the News)

  • MSUAFS awarded the Western Division AFS Student Sub-Unit of the Year 2006

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