Student Societies

The Wildlife Society

TWS_logo.jpgA student run group that meets during the academic school year to have speakers and discuss topics regarding wildlife ecology and conservation and how students can be involved. It is the framework for activities for wildlife students outside the classroom and allows essential student networking for success in the WFCB major.

The Wildlife Society (TWS) describes its role as “a professional oriented, international organization dedicated to the sound management and preservation of the wildlife resources of the world. Its primary scientific discipline is ecology.” Its principal areas of activity are:

  • Development of wildlife research and management along sound biological lines.
  • Establishment of professional solidarity and maintenance of high professional standards among its members.
  • Promotion of the professional interests of its members.
  • Publication to affect these ends.

The Wildlife Society is organized with student chapters (like the one here at UCD), sections (like the Western Section), and at the international level. It publishes The Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Monographs, and a newsletter, The Wildlifer. The people directing The Wildlife Society are a “council” of officers and a representative from each section. The sections are composed of chapter representatives.

Each chapter is composed of various officers and the students on the campus where the chapter is located. Here at UCDavis, our chapter of The Wildlife Society has a chapter representative who attends the section meetings for the Western Section and connects to The Wildlife Society as a whole.

Activities

Camping, hiking, bird watching, whale watching, restoration, creek cleanups, tree plantings, museum tours, student-professional mixers, and anything else the students have an interest in doing.

For membership or general information about the UC Davis chapter, contact the current presidents: Bailey Higa (brhiga@ucdavis.edu) and Betty Lee (beylee@ucdavis.edu).

American Fisheries Society

AFS_logo.jpgAbout the Sacramento-Davis Subunit: The Sacramento-Davis Subunit of the American Fisheries Society is a student led subunit of the California-Nevada Chapter. We serve graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, and affiliates of universities and colleges of California. The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. Student needs differ from those of fisheries professionals; therefore, in addition to the mission of the parent society, the subunit focuses on specific needs of students. The Subunit emphasizes professional development, research opportunities for undergraduates, promotion of student participation in meetings, interaction and networking with fisheries professionals from various private and government agencies and academic researchers, and service to our local aquatic habitats and community. The Subunit also provides a forum for students and other fish enthusiasts to interact and participate in activities with those who share their passion for fishes and aquatic conservation.

AFS Mission Statement

The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

Membership

Give yourself a competitive edge by joining the world's oldest and largest organization dedicated to the advancement of the fisheries and aquatic resources professions. Membership in the American Fisheries Society will assist you with every facet of your career and support your work on managing and conserving fish and aquatic habitats. Membership in AFS is a small investment with big returns. Benefits to becoming a member include participation in Subunit activities and fishing trips, opportunities to network and interact with fisheries professionals and peers with similar interests, invited speakers, discounted rates to attend professional meetings, and research and recognition awards. The Sacramento-Davis Subunit of the American Fisheries Society requires no dues to become a member; however one must be a member of both the Parent Society and the California-Nevada Chapter.

For membership or general information about the Sacramento-Davis Subunit, contact the current president: Denise De Carion (dpdecarion@ucdavis.edu).