Who Are We?

Our mission, as the British Columbia Student Subunit of the Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), is to unite undergraduate and graduate students in fisheries research at universities and colleges in British Columbia.

We operate under the larger mission of AFS, to advance sound science, promote professional development, and disseminate science-based fisheries information for the global protection, conservation, and sustainability of fisheries resources and aquatic ecosystems.

The British Columbia Student Subunit (AFS-BC) is a valuable resource for students pursuing careers in fisheries, providing opportunities for like-minded students to come together, share ideas and connect with fisheries biologists and managers.

2018 – 2019 Executive Committee

President: Yangfan Zhang (University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus)


Yangfan is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Anthony P. Farrell’s lab in Comparative Physiology group at UBC. He studies cardiorespiratory physiology in general, with a focus on the entry of environmental effects upon fish integrated performance and their consequences at ecological and evolutionary levels. He enjoys fitness, running, swimming, hiking and golfing at spare time.

Contact: yangfan(at)zoology.ubc.ca

Vice-President: Yovela Wang (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

Yovela Profile

Yovela is a research associate in the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab at UBC. She was a thesis-based master’s student in the department of forest and conservation science at UBC. Her research focused on the physiological impacts of infectious agents on wild juvenile Chinook salmon, aiming at assessing the potential role of infectious diseases as a cofactor in wild salmon declines. In the past, she have conducted research on different aspects of fish science including fish sexual development, salmon ecology, commercial fisheries survey, and evaluation of a natural reserve. Her interests are in science outreach and teaching. She loves spending time with animals, including her cat and dog.

Contact: yuwei.wang@outlook.com

Past-President: Sam Wilson (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby)

Sam is a PhD student in the Earth2Ocean group at Simon Fraser University. Her research is focussed on how climate change can effect estuary conditions during juvenile salmon outmigration. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, cooking, fishing, and hiking, although not necessarily in that order.

Contact: swilson471(at)gmail.com

Communications Officer: Olivia Adams (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)


Olivia is a MSc student in the Department of Zoology at UBC. She studies the thermal acclimation capacity in rainbow trout with the Farrell lab group, with a focus on how fish will be able to adapt to climate change and rising temperatures. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking mountains, and discussing the differences between the East Coast and West Coast over a cold beer.

Contact: adams(at)zoology.ubc.ca

Communications Officer: Thomas Smith (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)


Thomas is a MSc student at the UBC’s Institute for Oceans and Fisheries. His research focuses on relationships between stream-rearing juvenile salmon and their flowing environment occurring at different spatio-temporal scales. In his time off, he enjoys hiking, biking, and paddling!

Contact: t.smith@oceans.ubc.ca

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sean Cox (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby)


Previous Executive Committees