Leadership of the Governing Board and the Society is vested in its five elected officers

steve-mcmullin-squareSteve L. McMullin

Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
TEL: (540) 231-8847

Steve McMullin is an associate professor and associate department head in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech.  He also serves as director of the College of Natural Resources and Environment Leadership Institute. Prior to entering the academic world, Steve worked for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as a fisheries biologist, regional fisheries manager and chief of the Fisheries Management Bureau.  At Virginia Tech, Steve specializes in human dimensions of natural resource conservation and leadership development for natural resource professionals.  He received his B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1979) degrees in fisheries resources from the University of Idaho and the Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife science from Virginia Tech (1993). He is a certified fisheries scientist and has been a member of AFS since 1978.

jesse-trushenski-squareJesse Trushenski

President Elect
Evaqua Farms
4074 North 2000 East Road
Filer, ID 83328
TEL:  618.559.9397

Jesse Trushenski is the director of animal health and welfare for Evaqua Farms and its sister company, Riverence.  In this role, she leads fish health management for both companies, provides recommendations for improved operations, and ensures regulatory compliance.  As a member of the Spring Salmon group, Jesse provides science leadership and research project management support for the company's various aquaculture-related endeavors.  Before joining the private sector, Jesse was an associate professor at Southern Illinois University and fish pathologist supervisor for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  She holds a B.S. degree from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.  Whether it’s fish nutrition, physiology, or health, Jesse has always been driven by the practical applications of science, going from data to information and information to action.

scott-bonar-squareScott Bonar

First Vice President
USGS AZ Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
104 Biological Sciences East, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
TEL: 520-349-1894

Scott Bonar is an associate professor of natural resources at the University of Arizona and leader of the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has conducted award-winning natural resources work in natural resources programs of state and federal government, universities, and private industry for over 25 years, authoring over 100 publications and supervising over 80 employees. His unit won the highest award in the nation for relations with cooperators, and science respectively. He holds a B.S. degree in science education from the University of Evansville and a Ph.D. in fisheries science from the University of Washington. He has been a member of AFS since 1971.

Brian R. Murphy

Second Vice President
Virginia Tech
106 Cheatham Hall 0321
Blacksburg, VA 24061
TEL: 540-231-6959

Brian Murphy is a professor of fisheries at Virginia Tech. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Detroit (1975), an M.S. in bionucleonics from Purdue University (1977), and a Ph.D. in fisheries science from Virginia Tech. With 38 years of teaching experience, he has taught 22 different courses and he also served as a Fulbright teaching scholar in Mexico. His research interests are focused on applied problems in fisheries assessment and management. He is an author of 140 journal articles and authored or edited two AFS books. Murphy served as president of the Virginia Tech Chapter, the Texas Chapter, the Education Section, and the Southern Division of AFS, along with serving in many other roles in committees and units. He is a certified fisheries professional and a Fellow of AFS, and has received the Society’s Excellence in Education Award, the Fisheries Management Section’s Award of Excellence, and the Virginia Chapter's Eugene W. Surber Award for lifetime achievement.

F. Joseph Margraf

Past President
1135 Park Ave Unit 904
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
TEL: 303-656-0906

Joe Margraf is supervisor of U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units in the western US and is stationed in Pagosa Springs, CO. He has served in the Coop Unit program since 1980 at Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Alaska, where he was major advisor for over 50 graduate students and on the graduate committees of over 75 others. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and technical reports and over 100 presentations for scientific meetings. Joe has been an AFS member since 1972 and life member since 1984. He received his BS degree in Fisheries from Cornell University, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University. Joe is Past President of the Education Section, the Fish Habitat Section, and the Western Division. He also served six years as the AFS Constitutional Consultant. He has received both the AFS Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service awards.