Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Alaska Research Activities

Implanting a transmitter at field camp, Alaska.

The research program of the Alaska Unit will be aimed at understanding the ecology of Alaska's fish and wildlife; evaluating impacts of land use and development on these resources; and relating effects of social and economic needs to production and harvest of natural populations.

In addition to the expected Unit functions of graduate student training/ instruction and technical assistance, research efforts will be directed at problems of productivity, socioeconomic impacts, and perturbation on fish and wildlife populations, their habitats and ecosystems. Fisheries research will emphasize water quality, habitat characteristics, and life history requirements of arctic and subarctic fish populations. Wildlife research will focus on evaluation of habitat quality and ecology of northern birds and mammals. Unit research will also be directed at integrated studies of fish and wildlife at the ecosystem level.

Alaska Active Projects

Alaska Completed Projects

Alaska Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Lyu, Z., H. Genet, Y. He, Q. Zhuang, A.D. McGuire, A. Bennett, A. Breen, J. Clein, E.S. Euskirchen, K. Johnson, T. Kurkowski, N.J. Pastick, T.S. Rupp, B.K. Wylie, and Z. Zhu. 2018. The role of driving factors in historical and projected carbon dynamics in wetland ecosystems of Alaska. Ecological Applications 28:1377-1395, doi:10.1002/eap.1755.
  • McGuire, A.D., H. Genet, Z. Lyu, N. Pastick, S. Stackpoole, R. Birdsey, D. D’Amore, Y. He, T.S. Rupp, R. Striegl, B.K. Wylie, X. Zhou, Q. Zhuang, and Z. Zhu. 2018. Assessing historical and projected carbon balance of Alaska: A synthesis of results and policy/management implications. Ecological Applications 28:1396-1412, doi:10.1002/eap.1768.
  • 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)
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Alaska Technical Publications

  • Budy, P., S. Klobucar, L. Winters, D. Strohm, and G.P. Thiede. 2016. Crowded reservoir trophic niche space under a warmer, drier climate. Invited Presentation, Sympoisum “water Regulation and Reservoir Management in a context of global climate change”. Annual Summer Meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Santa Fe, NM, June 5-10, 2016.
  • Klobucar, S.L., and P. Budy. 2016. Consequences of seasonal variation in reservoir water level for predatory fishes: linking visual foraging and prey densities. Invited Presentation, Sympoisum “water Regulation and Reservoir Management in a context of global climate change”. Annual Summer Meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, June 6, 2016, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Klobucar, S.L., J.W. Gaeta and P. Budy. 2016. A changing menu in a changing climate? Predicting the availability of fish food in warmer arctic lakes. Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, March 22, 2016, Reno, NV.
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Alaska Theses and Dissertations

  • Neuneker, K. R. 2017. Migration patterns and energetics of adult Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha in Alaska rivers. Unpublished Master's thesis. College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska. 125 pp.
  • Clawson, C. 2017. Using remote sensing, occupancy estimation, and fine-scale habitat characterization to evaluate fall Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) spawning habitat usage in arctic Alaska. MS Thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 107 pp.
  • Laske, S.M. 2017. Surface water connectivity of Arctic lakes drives patterns of fish species richness and composition, and food web structure. PhD dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 171 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 23

Scientific Publications: 122

Presentations: 227

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