Election Candidates 2024

NCAFS 2024 Officer Candidates

Vote at bottom of page after reviewing candidate statements.  You MUST (a) be an NCAFS member in good standing and (b) include your name for membership verification, in order for your vote to count.  Poll closes at midnight on 12 February 2024.
Results will be announced at the 2024 NCAFS Business Meeting.
Don’t miss the prize: voters will be entered in a drawing for a 2024 AFS Parent Society membership ($100 value).


President-Elect President-Elect
Tom Fox
Sr. Environmental Scientist
Dewberry Engineers, NC

Tom Fox is a Senior Environmental Scientist with Dewberry Engineers. Tom leads the aquatic surveys group at Dewberry and is responsible for Endangered Species Act Consultation, permitting, jurisdictional determinations, and other natural resource related surveys. Prior to being an environmental consultant Tom worked for the Wildlife Resources Commission as the Eastern Region Aquatic Wildlife Diversity Biologist. He received a B.S. in Biology from George Washington University and a M.S. from North Carolina State University in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. During his time at N.C. State, Tom’s research was focused on refining techniques for in vitro propagation of freshwater mussels.

Tom has been a member of NCAFS since 2009 and has regularly attended the annual meetings and volunteered to help in various capacities throughout the years. Tom hopes that his passion for aquatic ecology can bridge the gap between industry and conservation so that these critters and their ecosystems can be viewed as a valuable natural resource and not just a barrier to construction. In his free time Tom enjoys backpacking, playing new disc golf courses, and chasing around his toddler.

Scott Smith
Biological Database Administrator
NC Division of Marine Fisheries, NC

Scott Smith has spent the last 14 years in various biologist roles at the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Currently he is the Biological Database Administrator, where his primary duties include providing fisheries data access, management, development, and analytics. Scott studied Computer Science and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, completing his studies in 2006. He has completed post graduate work in data science and statistics with a heavy concentration in R, SAS, and Python.

He is an avid photographer and has spent the last 10 years travelling the state to document and photograph every freshwater fish species known from North Carolina. This effort is part of a side project he started known as the Fishes of North Carolina, and you can see the fruits of this labor at www.ncfishes.com and in the upcoming A Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of North Carolina out March 2024.

When not in North Carolina, he also works on a project teasing out the taxonomy of Rivulid killifishes of Peru, and of course, taking their photos!

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