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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

  • American Fisheries Society - Wally Norenburg Award of Excellence in Fisheries Committee (November 2014 - November 2017)
  • American Fisheries Society - Past-President, Alaska Chapter, Western Division (November 2013 - November 2014)
  • American Fisheries Society - President, Alaska Chapter, Western Division (November 2013 - November 2014)
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Research Publications

  • Heim, KC, MS Wipfli, M Whitman, C Arp, J Adams, J Falke. Environmental Correlates of Arctic Grayling Seasonal Movement on the Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska. Environmental Biology of Fishes.
  • Collins, S. F., A.M. Marcarelli, C.V. Baxter, and M.S. Wipfli. 2015. A critical assessment of the ecological assumptions underpinning compensatory mitigation of salmon-derived nutrients. Environmental Management 3: 571-586.
  • Neuswanger, J, M Wipfli, M Evenson, N Hughes, A Rosenberger. 2015. High summer stream discharge strongly correlates with low productivity of stream-type Chinook salmon in two Alaskan rivers in the Yukon drainage. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72:1125-1137.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Aquatic Entomology 665 (2015)
  • Climate Change Seminar (2015)
  • Climate Change Seminar (2014)
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Alaska Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Mark WipfliForestry-Fisheries Working group (November 2014 - March 2015)
  • Mark WipfliOrganizer & Moderator of a Special Fish-Forestry multi-agency workshop. This was crucial gathering of DEC, ADFG, Dept of Forestry, USFWS, USFS, TU, Native Corporations, private consultants, and NGOs to hammer out the co-management approaches to fisheries and forestry in coastal US (January 2015 - January 2015)
  • Mark WipfliFWS LCC workshop (November 2012 - November 2012)
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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 WipfliSimon Fraser University outside examiner (October 2014 - October 2014)
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Technical Publications

  • FS-R10-FHP. 2015. Forest Health Conditions in Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska. USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region. Publication R10-PR-32.
  • Wipfli, M.S., N. Lisuzzo, T. Davis, J. Kruse, and D. Roon. 2011. Which invasive species are of greatest concern? Yukon Fisheries News - Newsletter of the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association. Summer 2011.
  • Wipfli, M.S. 2011. Invasive species 101: Northern pike. Yukon Fisheries News - Newsletter of the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association. Spring 2011
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 14

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 8

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 31

Scientific Publications: 125

Presentations: 265

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