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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 tripartite appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries, the Institute of Arctic Biology, and the Department of Biology & Wildlife at the 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 and aquatic ecology

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - President, Alaska Chapter American Fisheries Society (May 2018 - March 2019)
  • 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)
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Research Publications

  • Falke, J.A., Bailey, L.T., Fraley, K.M., Lunde, M.J., and A.D. Gryska. 2019. Energetic status and bioelectrical impedance modeling of Arctic grayling Thymallus arcticus in interior Alaska rivers. Environmental Biology of Fishes.
  • Falke, J.A., Huntsman, B.M., and E. R. Schoen. Climatic variation drives growth potential of juvenile Chinook Salmon along a sub-Arctic boreal riverscape. Pages XXX-XXX in R. Hughes and D. Infante, editors. Advances in understanding landscape influences on freshwater habitats and biological assemblages. American Fisheries Society Press, Bethesda, MD.
  • 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. 20:802-816.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Research Design (2018)
  • Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seminar (2018)
  • Physical Processes in Freshwater Ecosystems (2017)
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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: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 26

Scientific Publications: 106

Presentations: 163

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