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Dr. Mark Wipfli

Mark Wipfli, Assistant Leader Fisheries, Alaska CFWRU.


  • Ph D Michigan State University 1992


Mark Wipfli joined the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit as Assistant Leader Fisheries in December 2003. He holds a joint appointment as a Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries with the Department of Biology and Wildlife, the Institute of Arctic Biology, and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Research Interests

Riverine ecology, riparian ecology and management, freshwater foodwebs, energy and nutrient flow among marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, predator-prey interactions.

Teaching Interests

Aquatic entomology, riverine ecology, freshwater foodwebs

Professional Society Service

  • Ecological Society of America - Member (January 2010 - December 2013)
  • Xerces Society - Member (January 1992 - December 2009)
  • North American Benthological Society - Co-chair, Program Committee (May 2005 - June 2006)
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Research Publications

  • Shanley CS, S Pyare, MI Goldstein · PB Alaback, DM Albert, CM Beier, TJ Brinkman, RT Edwards, E Hood, A Mackinnon, MV McPhee, TM Patterson, LH Suring, DA Tallmon, MS Wipfli. Climate change implications in the northern coastal temperate rainforest of North America. Submitted to Climatic Change.
  • Heim, K, M Wipfli, M Whitman, A Seitz. 2014. Body size and condition influence migration timing of Arctic grayling. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12199

  • Marcarelli A.M., Baxter C.V., Wipfli M.S. Nutrient additions to mitigate for loss of Pacific salmon: consequences for stream biofilm and nutrient dynamics. Ecosphere.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Aquatic Entomology (2013)
  • Climate Change Seminar (2013)
  • Climate Change Seminar (2012)
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Alaska Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Mark WipfliFWS LCC workshop (November 2012 - November 2012)
  • Mark WipfliDNR, Kenai Watershed Forum (March 2012 - March 2012)
  • Mark WipfliDNR (May 2011 - May 2011)
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Alaska University Committees and Workgroups

  • Mark WipfliLeadership Team of CIS within EPSCoR IV (October 2014 - June 2017)
  • Mark WipfliEPSCoR Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries lead-- SCTC (July 2012 - June 2017)
  • Mark WipfliChair, Search Committee for Assistant Leader Fisheries, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (April 2011 - March 2012)
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Technical Publications

  • Wipfli, M. S., and R. L. Deal. 2004. Ecological payoffs from red alder in southeastern Alaska. Pacific Northwest Research Station Report - Science Findings. Issue 63.
  • Musslewhite, J. and M. S. Wipfli. 2004. Effects of alternatives to clearcutting on invertebrate and detritus transport from headwaters in southeastern Alaska. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-602. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR.
  • Deal, R. L., E. H. Orlikowska, P. E. Hennon, M. S. Wipfli, A. C. Johnson, T. L. De Santo, M. E. Schultz, R. T. Edwards, and M. D. Bryant. 2002. Red alder as a tool for restoring forest ecosystems in young-growth western hemlock-Sitka spruce stands of southeastern Alaska. Proceedings of the Society of American Foresters, Winston-Salem, NC, Oct 5-9, 2002. Pp. 159-169.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 14

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 8

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 33

Scientific Publications: 119

Presentations: 245

Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  5. Wildlife Management Institute