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

  • 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.
  • Joy, PJ, CS Stricker, W Jones, MS Wipfli, AC Seitz, M Tyers. Bridging the gap between salmon spawner abundance and marine nutrient use by juvenile salmon: seasonal cycles and landscape effects at the watershed scale. Ecosystems. xx:1-21.
  • 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.
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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

  • Jalbert, Chase. 2018. Impacts of a Top Predator (Esox lucius) on Salmonids in Southcentral Alaska: Genetics, Connectivity, and Vulnerability. MS thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 137 pp.
  • Patil, Vijay P. 2018. Shrinking Boreal Lakes as Agents of Change: Untangling Structure and Function in Hydrologically-Coupled Lakes and Wetlands. PhD dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 192 pp.
  • 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.
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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