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Dr. Jeff Falke

Jeff Falke, Assistant Leader Fisheries, Alaska CFWRU


  • Ph D Colorado State University 2009
  • MS Kansas State University 2004
  • BS University of Missouri 2000


Jeff joined the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit as Assistant Leader-Fisheries in June 2012. He holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Science and the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Research Interests

Freshwater fish ecology and conservation biology; Ecology and evolutionary biology of salmonids; Landscape and spatial ecology of freshwater ecosystems; Climate change impacts on aquatic systems; Impacts of introduced species on native aquatic fauna

Teaching Interests

Freshwater fish ecology

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - President-Elect- Alaska Chapter (March 2017 - May 2018)
  • American Fisheries Society - Program Committee Chair - 2018 Western Division/Alaska Chapter Annual Meeting - Alaska Chapter (November 2015 - May 2018)
  • American Fisheries Society - Vice-President - Alaska Chapter (November 2015 - March 2017)
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Research Publications

  • Heim, KC, TE McMahon, L Calle, MS Wipfli, JA Falke. 2019. Phenology of water as a life-history filter for fishes in temporary aquatic habitats. Fish and Fisheries. XX:1-15.
  • Sparks, M.M., Falke, J.A., Westley, P.A.H., Adkison, M.D., Bartz, K., Quinn, T.P., Schindler, D.E., and D. Young. Influences of spawning timing, water temperature, and climatic warming on early life history phenology in western Alaska sockeye salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 76:123-135.
  • Huntsman, B.M., and J.A. Falke. In press. Main stem and off-channel habitat use by juvenile Chinook salmon in a sub-Arctic riverscape. Freshwater Biology. 64: 433-446. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13232.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar (2018)
  • Physical Processes in Freshwater Ecosystems (2017)
  • Physical Processes in Freshwater Ecosystems (2015)
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Alaska Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Jeff FalkeTeam Member, Chena River Watershed Resources Action Plan (November 2014 - April 2015)

Alaska University Committees and Workgroups

  • Jeff FalkeCore Team Member, UAF Center for Salmon and Society (December 2014 - January 2017)
  • Jeff FalkeMember, Scholarship and Endowment Committee, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University (October 2011 - May 2012)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 27

Scientific Publications: 110

Presentations: 178

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