Election Candidates 2023

NCAFS 2023 Officer Candidates

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Results will be announced at the 2023 NCAFS Business Meeting.
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President-Elect President-Elect
Luke Etchison
Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Research Coordinator
NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC

Luke Etchison is the Western Region Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Coordinator for the Wildlife Resources Commission. Luke is responsible for conservation and monitoring of imperiled mussels, crayfishes, native fishes, and aquatic snails in six river basins in western NC.

Luke received a B.S. in Aquatic and Fisheries Biology (2010), M.S. in Aquatic Biology (2012), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (2018) with a focus on fish ecology and habitat from Ball State University. Before starting with NCWRC in 2016, Luke was a GIS Biologist for FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission where he was part of the Habitat Assessment and Restoration (HARP) Program that focused on management of habitats on Wildlife Management Areas across Florida.

Luke has regularly participated in national and local chapter meetings since 2009 and joined NCAFS in 2015. Luke hopes his passion for all aquatic critters can help end the dichotomy between game and non-game species values. Luke spends his free time hiking, river snorkeling, dinking in pickleball, and mushroom hunting.

Seth Mycko
District Fisheries Biologist
NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC

Seth Mycko is the District 5 Fisheries Biologist II for the Wildlife Resources Commission. In his role with the Commission, Seth manages sport fish species in the north central Piedmont lakes and rivers along the I-40 corridor. He received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Clemson University in 2013. He then worked for the SC Department of Natural Resources for a few years as a fisheries technician before returning to Clemson for his M.S. studying Smallmouth Bass in the Broad River. After M.S. completion in 2017, he successfully interviewed for the District 5 Biologist I position and has been in District 5 ever since.

Seth has participated at various levels of AFS for many years. In 2012, he re-started the Clemson AFS student subunit after its long pause due to lack of interest and served as subunit president in 2012. Additionally, he has served as the chair of the NCAFS Education and Outreach Committee for 2 years. Seth enjoys spending his free time bass fishing the Triangle reservoirs and competing against other area anglers in local bass fishing tournaments.

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