2022 Annual TNAFS Meeting

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will be held February 28 – March 3 in Gatlinburg, TN. The meeting will be held in person at the Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center. At the time of the meeting, we will be following all CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 for in-person gatherings.  Here is the updated information for the meeting.

A Reminder from AFS

The Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee (EPCC) wants to remind you that we have a code of conduct for our meetings and AFS-sponsored functions, whether virtual or in person. Please take the time to read this brief document and reach out with any questions you have. We are working to build awareness of this policy to ensure that all AFS-related gatherings are a respectful and inclusive experience for everyone.

The AFS Meetings Code of Conduct can be viewed here.


Due by Feb 11th,2022

Visit https://tnafs.square.site/ to register.

or send a check to:

Shawna Fix

175 Baylor School Rd

Chattanooga, TN 37405

Please remember to also pay your annual dues of $10.

If anyone has registration questions or financial concerns (especially students), please contact Shawna Fix at sfix@tnaqua.org.

Registration Rates

Professional: $70 through February 11, $85 thereafter

Student and Retiree: $40 through February 11, $45 thereafter

If paying by check, please indicate in the subject line what is being paid for.

T-Shirts can be ordered online in advance and picked up at the registration booth. Make sure to select “pick-up” in the checkout for Square Store online.

Issues registering or paying through the square store? E-mail tennesseeafs@gmail.com


A rate of $96 per room (the per diem rate for Gatlinburg) has been negotiated with the Edgewater at the Aquarium Hotel and Conference Center when you mention the reference below. You MUST make a phone reservation as they do not have reservations using the negotiated rate set up through their website for this meeting. Please call the following number:

Phone: 1-800-423-9582

Reference: TN Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 2022

Address: 402 River Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

HOTEL RESERVATION CUTOFF is Saturday, January 29th, 2022


2022 TNAFS Tentative Meeting Schedule

Monday, February 28

There is a block of rooms set aside for members on Feb 28th that are attending workshops on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, March 1

7:30 – 5:30    Registration open

8:00 – 11:30 Workshop Session I (Intro to R)

1:00 – 4:30    Workshop Session II (Basic Graphics in R)

1:00 – 4:30    Workshop Session III (Freshwater Mussel Identification)

6:00 – TBD   Informal Social at Ole Red Gatlinburg

Wednesday, March 2

7:30 – 5:00    Registration open

8:00 – 11:30 Student Professional Development Workshop

1:00 – 6:30    Oral and Poster Presentations, Business Meeting

6:30 – 10:00  Banquet, Auction, Awards

Thursday, March 3

9:00 – 3:00 Oral Presentations Continued

3:00 Meeting Adjourned


Continuing Education Workshops

TNAFS is proud to offer four continuing education courses at our annual meeting this year! Courses can be signed up for at our Square Store https://tnafs.square.site/

Please see the below options:

  • Tuesday morning 8:00-11:30am – Intro to R- TENTATIVE ($25)
  • Tuesday afternoon 1:00-4:30pm – Basic Graphics in R- TENTATIVE ($25)
  • Tuesday afternoon 1:00-4:30pm – Freshwater Mussel Identification ($25)
  • Wednesday morning 8:00-11:30am – Student Professional Development (FREE)

TENTATIVE- These courses are dependent on our instructor’s federal travel restrictions. If cancelled, the registration cost will be reimbursed or could also be transferred to the mussel ID workshop. If you have any questions, please contact Shawna, sfix@tnaqua.org.

Intro to R (Tuesday 8:00-11:30am)- TENTATIVE

Instructor: Brenda Pracheil

This course will provide participants with the basic knowledge of how to get up-and-running in R including basic data input and descriptive statistics as well as a refresher of basic univariate statistics (e.g., t-tests, and general linear models such as multiple regression, ANOVA, ANCOVA).  Students are expected to bring their own laptop with R Studio and R (should automatically download through R Studio) already installed.

Basic Graphics in R (Tuesday 1:00-4:30pm)- TENTATIVE

Instructor: Brenda Pracheil

This course will build on the Intro to R course and introduce participants to creating basic graphics such as scatter plots, histograms, and bar charts in R. Students are expected to bring their own laptop with R Studio, R (should automatically download through R Studio), and Inkscape already installed. This course is also appropriate for those with a working knowledge of R that are not taking the Intro to R course.

Freshwater Mussel Identification (Tuesday 1:00-4:30pm)

Instructor: Amanda Rosenberger, Kristin Womble

This course will provide participants with the skills necessary to identify aquatic mussel species in Tennessee.

Student Professional Development (FREE) (Wednesday morning 8:00-11:30am)

This FREE course will allow students to meet with professionals to learn about different aspects of fisheries employment in the state of Tennessee. Various, state, federal and non-profit organizations will be present in order to answer any questions and help give guidance on how to obtain future employment. Please sign up for this course in the Square store if you plan on attending so that we can get an accurate head count.


The Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will be hosting a special symposium session with select talks focusing on “Habitat – The good, the bad, and the ugly”. The 2022 symposium talks will focus on habitat from improvements to degradation in Tennessee (or nearby states). Presentations highlighting topics such as restoration, connectivity, poor land use, development, or other similar habitat related projects are encouraged. We hope for a diversity of submissions from agency, NGO, and university members.

We strongly encourage submissions to be included in this symposium, but the meeting will also feature presentations outside the scope of the topic.

Presentation Details
Deadline to submit abstracts is Jan 28, 2022. We are accepting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. Oral presentations should be no more than 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.
• Student presenters are invited to compete for the Best Student Paper and Poster Awards (1st and 2nd prizes for both)
• Professional presenters are invited to compete for the 3rd annual Best Symposium Paper and Poster Awards (1st prizes for both)

Abstract Submission
Please submit your abstract as a MS Word document to jrwolbert@tva.gov. Please follow these instructions for submission:

In the email subject line, please enter TNAFS2022: followed by the author names in your abstract (e.g., TNAFS2022 EarpHolliday)

Use the same name for the abstract file (e.g., TNAFS2022 EarpHolliday).
Please include the associated information requested below with the abstract.

Abstract Format
Abstract word limit is 250 words and should include the following information:

Presenter: Wyatt Earp
Email: Wyatt.Earp@arizona.gov
Author(s): Earp, W.B.1 and D. Holliday2,
1Affiliation with address (e.g. O.K. Corral University, 326 E Allen St, Tombstone, AZ 85638)
2Affiliation with address.

Title: I’m Your Huckleberry
Abstract: 250 word maximum
Student Presentation: No or Yes
Presentation type: Oral or Poster
Would you like to be considered for symposium? Yes or No
Are you willing to be a judge? Yes or No
If so, oral presentation or poster?

Contact President-Elect, Justin Wolbert, jrwolbert@tva.gov with any questions.

Officer Nominations
The Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is soliciting nominations for the following Chapter officer positions:
Send nominations to President, Cole Harty cole.r.harty@tn.gov by January 28, 2022

Award Nominations
Our membership is full of dedicated professionals, and it’s time to recognize them for their efforts. Please review the award criteria below and send nominations to Meredith Harris mhh@tnaqua.org by January 28th, 2022. Applications should be limited to one page.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominee should either be retired or within five years of retirement and have had a long history of significant contributions.

Outstanding Fisheries Scientist
To be bestowed on the biologist in their early to mid-career for making significant contributions in the past year or over several years.

Distinguished Service Award
To be bestowed on individuals that served as a Chapter officer for more than five years or served the chapter as chair of a long-standing Chapter committee for more than five years.

Friends of Fisheries Award
This award shall be made to non-Chapter member(s) who have distinguished themselves by service or commitment to the Chapter or the fisheries resources of Tennessee.

Thank you!
Shawna, Cole, Justin, and Mark