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Margaret Murphy

Dr. Margaret Murphy

I earned my B.S in Biology from Siena College and both my Masters and Ph.D at SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).  I have worked in the private sector for the majority of my career and ran my own business, and now work as a Fisheries Program Manager for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.  The transition from private sector to state government has been smooth and I am enjoying helping guide fisheries management in the state.  My experiences are broad – from local and regional conservation challenges, to interactions with industry and government agencies related to fisheries issues; and mentoring, and engaging youth in understanding fisheries and their value. The role of AFS in my career has been important to my success.

I began my leadership in AFS as a master’s student at the urging of my advisor and mentor, Dr. Neil Ringler, by becoming president of the SUNY-ESF chapter (1990-1991). I have served in many positions since that first experience, including president of the NY Chapter (1998-1999), Northeastern Division (2004-2005), and the Water Quality Section (2013-2015). Water quality and habitat have always been a focus in my career as you need functioning ecosystems to have sustainable fisheries. I have served on other AFS committees as well – including the Strategic Plan Committee, Nominating Committee, and several Planning committees for various meetings at both state and national levels.  I have enjoyed the friendships made through my service in AFS and encourage others to get involved at any level.

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