EOS Travel Award

Equal Opportunities Section (EOS) Student Travel Award

2024 Application Form

Credit: American Fisheries Society


Please use this online award nomination form to apply for the Equal Opportunities Section (EOS) Travel Award to attend the 2024 Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from September 15-19, 2024.

Information regarding the EOS can be found at: https://equalopportunity.fisheries.org/

Information regarding the AFS meeting can be found at: https://afsannualmeeting.fisheries.org/

The AFS EOS leads an effort to increase participation in AFS by graduate and undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the fisheries field (including but not limited to people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled, LGTBQIA2S+, and women).

EOS travel awards will be awarded on a competitive basis to assist at least two students with expenses incurred while attending the Annual Meeting and membership dues.

EOS travel awards are approximately $800 each. Funds for an in-person meeting will not be distributed in advance; however, if this will cause a significant financial burden please reach out to the Chair (see below). Award winners must be present in person at the Alphabet Social (Day and time TBD) at the Annual Meeting to receive their award.


How to apply:

To apply, students must email their responses to the application questions (document can be downloaded here) to the Chair, E.M. Dean, at [email protected]. Student faculty advisors must email their responses to the faculty advisory questions to the Chair. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their faculty advisor submits the faculty advisory questions to the Chair. Both pieces of this application must be completed and submitted by May 31, 2024 to be considered.


Please email all application materials to the Chair, listed below:

Chair: E.M. Dean
Email: [email protected]

Deadline: May 31, 2024

We are pleased to announce our 2023 EOS Meeting Travel Awardees. Congratulations!!



Cam Mosley

AFS Affiliations: AFS, North Central Division, Indiana Chapter, Student and SECPAC Section Member

I am a current Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Notre Dame in the biological sciences department. My dissertation research combines whole-lake experimentation, biostatistics, and acoustic telemetry techniques to understand fish biology responses to human activity through recreational angling and habitat additions. I completed my B.S. at Emory University in Environmental Sciences while I participated in undergraduate research at Georgia Tech. I grew up fishing on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and greatly enjoy fishing and camping. My career goals are to become a lead fisheries scientist and develop a research program that addresses how climate change influences sport fish and how applied management strategies can mitigate these effects. My career aims also include mentoring the next generation of BIPOC and queer scientists. I hope to serve as a representation for other Black and nonbinary fisheries professionals.


Oke Pelumi Ojo [he/him]

AFS Affiliations: Student Subunit

I am from Omuo, Ekiti State, Nigeria, a place filled with rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes. Growing up here has shaped my perspective and fueled my curiosity to explore the world.
I am currently pursuing my academic journey at Federal University of Technology Akure. The institution provides me with an excellent platform to expand my knowledge and develop a strong foundation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology. Through engaging coursework and collaborations with talented peers, I have gained valuable insights and skills into my chosen field.

Driven by a passion for discovery and a desire to make a meaningful impact in the world of Fisheries and Aquaculture, my research goal revolves around Fish Nutrition and Biotechnology. I am committed to studying the nutritional needs of fish species, developing specialized diets, and utilizing biotechnological tools to enhance fish health, growth, and overall production.


Shay Valentine [she/they]

AFS Affiliations: AFS, North Central Division, Illinois Chapter, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Student Subunit

Shay grew up in Hudsonville, MI, completed a B.A. in Zoology at Northern Michigan University, an M.S. in Ecology at Utah State University, and is finishing her Ph.D. in Zoology at Southern Illinois University. She currently researches the spatiotemporal resource use of native Mississippi River fishes using diets, stable isotopes, and trace elements. Her career goals are to combine her passions for mentoring, teaching, and research in a position that supports individuals from a variety of backgrounds to pursue and positively impact aquatic ecology.



Rosie Pandit [she/her]

I am a high school student at Selah High School, Washington, and a student member at AFS. My current research encompasses the effects of Passive Integrated Transponders tags (PIT Tags), on salmonoid in the Yakima Basin within the Columbia River Basin. I am particularly interested in exploring ways to enhance monitoring techniques with integrated technology. It is an incredible opportunity for me to gain valuable knowledge and experience by conducting research under the guidance of scientists from the confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and my Class Advisor. I believe that participating in conferences such as the AFS provides an excellent platform for me to share my research findings and learn from others, enabling me to further develop my professional skills.



Miriam Moreno [she/her/hers]

AFS Affiliations: AFS, North Central Division, South Dakota State University Subunit, Student and Early Career Subsection of Education Section

Miriam is a master’s student in Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University advised by Alison A. Coulter. Her research focuses on modeling ecological impacts of invasive carp removal to help influence management decisions. Miriam is from Yuma, Arizona and completed her B.S. in biology with a concentration in evolution, ecological, and organism biology from California State University- Monterey Bay in 2022. In between her undergrad and graduate programs, she was a part of the 2022 National Science Foundation Geo-Bridge program, where she researched the impact of Arundo donax removal on insect assemblages in an ephemeral river. Her research interests include ecology, invasive species, conservation, and management. Miriam goals is to work at a government agency, where she can help develop new policies and conserve native freshwater and saltwater resources.


Hannah Mulligan [she/her/hers]

AFS Affiliations: AFS, North Central Division, Dakota Chapter, South Dakota State University Subunit, Introduced and Invasive Species Section, Student and Early Career Subsection

Hannah is a master’s student in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University working with Dr. Alison Coulter. Her research focuses on evaluating the live bait trade as a pathway of invasive species introductions by using environmental DNA, observational data, and surveys. She is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Between graduating from Clemson and becoming a graduate student, she was a SCA intern at Yellowstone National Park where she assessed populations of native and introduced trout via multiple electrofishing methods. Her research interests include the impacts of invasive species on native fish populations, the effectiveness of educational campaigns for preventing the introduction of invasive species, and fish assemblages in stream ecosystems. Her goal is to become a federal fisheries biologist with an emphasis on fish conservation, invasive species management, and outreach.

We are pleased to announce our 2022 EOS Meeting Travel Awardees. Congratulations!!



Asha Ajmani

Asha Ajmani is a PhD student in Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center Fellow, advised by Dr. Michelle Staudinger. She previously worked as the Ecology Program Manager for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik, Maine. Asha currently partners with Indigenous communities to protect cultural and subsistence fish resources impacted by climate change through monitoring programs focused on movement and migration, biodiversity, environmental contaminants, and food web dynamics.


Fatomilola Stella

Fatomilola Stella is a student at The Federal University Of Technology, Akure studying Fisheries And Aquaculture Technology where she has the duties of learning extensively, research and community service activities in fisheries and aquatic sciences. She was a Millennium Fellow, who worked on a project that addresses Climate change, under SDG 14 (life below water) with the goal to enlighten the society to understand the climate system and know how to apply that knowledge in their careers and also in their engagements in order to increase fish productivity and improve the agricultural sector in Nigeria. She is passionate about the drive to conserve the ocean’s wealth and resources and also the enhancement in production of fishery resources.


Katrina Zarrella Smith

Katrina Zarrella Smith is a PhD Candidate in the Jordaan Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Lab at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on characterizing the life history traits of marine organisms that improve our understanding of the population dynamics of valuable fisheries species. Katrina is currently collaborating with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to examine local winter flounder populations and supports research projects at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Katrina has a degree in Human Ecology with an Aquatic Sciences focus from College of the Atlantic and has worked as a research assistant on studies of reproductive behavior of fishes at Friday Harbor Laboratories, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, and the New England Aquarium. She also focuses on professional and academic retention issues and developing structures of support in the work environment.



K Wolf (he/they)

As a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, I have been studying the movement ecology and physiology of juvenile Silver Carp. My research focuses on the swimming performance of juvenile Carp and the effects that temperature has on their physiological capabilities. This summer I’ve been working as a field technician for the Jones lab focusing on fisheries ecology research. The projects I work on include several whole lake experiments that are examining the role of habitat and angler influences on Largemouth Bass populations in Northern Wisconsin lakes. I am most interested in fisheries research, aquatic ecology, fish physiology, and ecological management practices for the conservation of healthy watersheds. My dream job is to do research on large watersheds and/or oceans and devise conservation methods using ecological management and restoration techniques to maintain the integrity of these incredibly complex and wonderful ecosystems.


We are pleased to announce our 2021 EOS Meeting Travel Awardees. Congratulations!!


Hadley I. A. Boehm (She/Her/Hers)

I am a PhD student in the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Missouri–Columbia. For my dissertation I am working on a collaborative project with the Missouri Department of Conservation to evaluate the Striped Bass fishery in Bull Shoals Reservoir. I hold a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point where I did a cooperative project with Wisconsin DNR, focused on identifying Walleye recruitment bottlenecks in the northern part of the state. Between my graduate degrees I was a fisheries specialist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, then a senior fisheries biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. I realized through my involvement coordinating student activities at annual WIAFS chapter meetings and at the 2018 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, that I really enjoy working with students and young professionals. It made sense to combine my interest in addressing applied questions with teaching for a career, so I returned to graduate school. My ultimate goal is to work at an institution where I can teach and pursue a combination of applied fisheries work with students.

Samara Nehemiah (She/Her/Hers)

Samara Nehemiah is a current Ph.D. student at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science studying Quantitative Fisheries. Her current research focuses on developing statistical models to estimate population abundance of economically and ecologically important fishes in the Chesapeake Bay. Samara completed her M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida in 2020 and completed her B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland in 2015. Samara currently serves as Vice President of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory’s chapter of the American Association of University Women and serves as Vice President of the University of Maryland American Fisheries Society student subunit.

Elsa Gutierrez (She/Her/Hers)

I am a master’s student at Louisiana State University in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science. My focus is studying the movement ecology and life history of highly migratory fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. I was born in Mexico and was first introduced to marine biology as a sophomore in high school. I attended Texas A&M University – Galveston for my undergraduate degree, where I had the chance to meet high school students interested in marine biology. Since then, I have been an active member of my community speaking science to younger audiences and minorities not represented in the science field. As a Mexican American marine biologist, I strive to increase representation of minorities in science fields and show them see the possibility of all the careers and options they have.

Christina Linkem (She/Her/Hers)

I am a second year MS student at Oregon State University in Dr. Ivan Arismendi’s Lab. My thesis is focused on seasonal movement and habitat use of Coastal Cutthroat Trout in headwater streams in the coastal range of Oregon. Prior to becoming a graduate student at OSU, I worked for the USFS as a seasonal field technician for the Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program (AREMP). My AFS involvement includes managing the Oregon Chapter’s Instagram page (@oregon_afs), acting as one of the Volunteer Coordinators for the 2021 Oregon AFS annual meeting, and co-authoring two Fisheries articles that highlighted contributions of underrepresented groups in the field of fisheries. I enjoy any work in biological research that involves a healthy mix of field work, data analysis, presenting and writing. My hobbies include canoeing, peak hiking, camping, surfing, and travelling.

Marsella Munoz (She/Her/Hers)

Undergraduate student at Florida State University majoring in biology. She was one of the AFS Hutton Scholars this past summer. Her goals are to engage in a new field of science, develop a deeper sense of her identity, and create interpersonal skills that will allow her to delve more deeply into fisheries science.

We are pleased to announce our 2020 EOS Virtual Meeting Travel Awardees. Congratulations!


Kristina Pechacek

Anna Perruzza

Caroline Troy

Kaylyn Zipp


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