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Educational and Professional Experience

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Trent Sutton in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Trent Sutton conducted his undergraduate education at Michigan State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife in 1991. He received a Master's of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Michigan Technological University in 1993 under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Bowen. His master's thesis was entitled, "The importance of organic detritus in the diets of larval sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus and northern brook lamprey Ichthyomyzon fossor in the Great Lakes basin". Trent moved on to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Fellow under the supervision of Dr. John Ney. He received his Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences in 1997, completing his dissertation which was entitled, "Early life history dynamics of a stocked striped bass Morone saxatilis population and assessment of strategies for improving stocking success in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia".

In 1996, Trent accepted a position at Lake Superior State University where he served on the faculty in the Department of Biology (75% time) and as Director of Fisheries Research and Culture at the Aquatic Research Laboratory (25% time). Teaching responsibilities for Trent included the following courses: Biology and Management of Fishes, Introduction to Fish and Wildlife, Natural History of the Vertebrates, Fish Culture Practicum, Ichthyology, Fish Ecology, Freshwater Fish Culture, Junior Seminar, Fisheries Management, and Senior Thesis. As lab director, he was responsible for Atlantic salmon and coaster brook trout rearing programs in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In addition, Trent also was involved in population assessments of pink salmon, Chinook salmon, hybrid Chinook salmon x pink salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, lake sturgeon, and yellow perch.

In 2001, Trent joined the faculty at Purdue University in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. During his six years in Indiana, Trent and his graduate students were involved in numerous studies to evaluate habitat use, population dynamics, and stock structure of freshwater fishes in lotic and lentic environments. Most of this research focused on lake sturgeon, sea lamprey, lake herring, lake whitefish, brook trout, shovelnose sturgeon, western mosquitofish - killifish interactions, flathead catfish, and blue sucker, with an additional focus on warmwater fishes of the upper Wabash River basin. His teaching responsibilities at Purdue University included Aquatic Sampling Techniques, Natural Resources Practicum, Fisheries Management, Fish Ecology, Advanced Ichthyology, and Fishery Stock Assessment and Modeling.

In 2007, Trent began a position as the Undergraduate Fisheries Coordinator in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In this capacity, he has direct oversight of the undergraduate program, including curriculum development, course sequencing, student advising, and program administration. From January 2010 through June 2011, he served as the Academic Program Head of Fisheries Division in which he provided direct oversight of both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Beginning July 2011, Trent became the Chair of the Undergraduate Fisheries Program, a position that he will hold until July 2013. Trent and his graduate students are conducting research on life-history strategies, movement patterns and habitat use, habitat quantification, and stock assessment and population dynamics of freshwater, marine, and anadromous fishes. These projects focus on a variety of species, including whitefishes (e.g., humpback whitefish, broad whitefish, least cisco, Bering cisco), Pacific salmon (e.g., Chinook salmon, coho salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, and sockeye salmon), other salmon species (e.g., rainbow trout, Arctic char, Dolly Varden), lampreys, and rockfishes. Trent's teaching responsibilities at UAF include Fisheries Techniques, Fisheries Management, Fish Ecology, Fisheries Division Seminar, and Coregonid Biology.