Director of the Fisheries Experiment Station
Wade Cavender is the fish pathologist and team leader for Utah’s Fisheries Experiment Station (FES). He also serves as the Assistant Aquatic’s Chief in charge of supervising aquatic research and fish health management services for Utah’s fisheries program. As a member of the Aquatic Section’s administrative staff, Fish Health Policy Board, Utah’s Research Council and Western Regional Aquaculture Center, much of his primary responsibilities are geared toward the development of policies and procedures relative to fish health, fish culture and fisheries management throughout the State. Prior to accepting this position, he served as the Fish Health Specialist in charge of managing the FES fish health laboratory. Wade is a native of Ohio where he earned his Associates Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management at Hocking College and his Bachelor of Science Degree in aquaculture at the University of Idaho. His Master’s 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. Contact Wade by email or phone at 435-720-2784.
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 or phone at 435-752-1066, ext. 17