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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)
  • Society for Freshwater Science - Judge for Best Student Paper Award (May 1997 - December 2016)
  • Society for Freshwater Science - Member (January 1989 - December 2016)
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Research Publications

  • Roon, D, M Wipfli, J Kruse. 2018. Riparian defoliation by the invasive green alder sawfly influences terrestrial prey subsidies to salmon streams. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 27:963–975. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12407 Abstract | 
  • Laske, S. M., A. E. Rosenberger, M. S. Wipfli, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2018. Generalist feeding strategies in Arctic freshwater fish: a mechanism for dealing with harsh environments. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27: 767-784. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12391 (IP-088949)
  • Powell, J, M Wipfli, K Criddle, E Schoen. 2018. Will Alaska’s Fisheries Regime Prove Resilient? Kenai River Fishery Management as a Model for Adaptive Governance. Fisheries 43: 26-30.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Aquatic Entomology (2017)
  • Climate Change (2017)
  • Climate Change (2016)
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Alaska Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Mark WipfliCommittee member, MS Graduate committee for University Northern British Columbia graduate student, UNBC (June 2012 - December 2015)
  • 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)
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Alaska University Committees and Workgroups

  • Mark WipfliNSF-EPSCoR Leadership Team (October 2014 - December 2017)
  • Mark WipfliEPSCoR Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries lead-- SCTC (July 2012 - December 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: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 124

Presentations: 216


Contact Information

Tel: (907) 474 - 6654

Current Students

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