The administrative portion of the Fisheries Experiment Station directs and supervises the overall program and personnel. The Director of the program serves as a member of the Aquatics Staff in the Salt Lake Office. In this capacity the program expertise and philosophy is represented in development policy and programs which determine the management of the aquatic resources of Utah. The director/fish pathologist of the program represents the Division of Wildlife Resources as a member of the Fish Health Policy Board of the Department of Food and Agriculture, and is involved in fish health rules and regulation.
Director of the Fisheries Experiment Station
Wade Cavender is the Fish Health Specialist and team leader for Technical Services department at FES. He is a native of Ohio and earned his AS in Fish and Wildlife Management at Hocking College and his BS in aquaculture at the University of Idaho. His Masters degree is also from the University of Idaho where he conducted research on the development of quantitative polymerase chain reaction methods to detect the parasite that causes whirling disease. He also studied the parasites distribution within the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater Rivers of Idaho. Following Wade's graduate work, he was employed as the fish health specialist with Arizona Game and Fish were he maintained a fish disease/pathology laboratory to provide investigative capabilities and solutions for stateside disease issues in managed waters. Wade is an avid hunter and fisherman who has expressed great interest in exploring Utah's outdoor opportunities.
Contact Wade by email. Phone 435-752-1066, ext. 211
This position is staffed by Cathryn Smith. In addition to acting as office manager, Cathryn also serves as receptionist, financial specialist and librarian. Cathryn grew up in Cache Valley and has a wide variety of work skills and experiences, including being the former director of the Lee Kay Center.
Contact Cathryn by e-mail.
Phone 435-752-1066, ext. 17