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School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
1W02 Arctic Health Research Bldg.
905 N. Koyukuk Drive, P.O. Box 757220
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
Phone: (907) 474-7285
Fax: (907) 474-7204
tmsutton@alaska.edu

Trent Sutton Full Professor

Fisheries and Conservation • Fisheries Ecology • Fishery Management

Affiliations

  • World Sturgeon Conservation Society
  • International Association of Great Lakes Research
  • American Fisheries Society

Specialties

  • Recruitment dynamics of fishes
  • Fish habitat assessment
  • Population biology and ecology of fishes
  • Trophic ecology and food-web dynamics

Education

  • B.Sc. 1991 Michigan State University (Fisheries Biology)
  • M.Sc. 1993 Michigan Technological University (Ecology)
  • Ph.D. 1997 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Fisheries Biology)

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Research Overview

Trent's current research interests focus on the ecology and population dynamics of freshwater and marine fishes, particularly whitefishes (e.g., humpback whitefish, least cisco, and inconnu), salmon (e.g., Chinook, coho, pink, and salmon; Dolly Varden), Arctic and Alaskan brook lampreys, Alaska blackfish, burbot, northern pike, and yelloweye rockfish. In addition, he still remains active in research in the Great Lakes region, with ongoing projects focusing on lake sturgeon and sea lampreys.

Current Research Projects

  • Ecology and genetic diversity of burbot in Western Siberia and Alaska: reconstructing post-Beringian history and differentiation (RAS)
  • Outmigration timing, winter survival, and abundance of Chinook salmon smolts in the Chena River, Alaska (ADFG)
  • Evaluation of growth, survival, and recruitment of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska rivers (CIP)
  • Age-at-ocean entry and early marine growth of chum salmon in the Chukchi Sea (CIAP)
  • Vertical movement patterns and habitat use of burbot in Tanada and Copper Lakes, Alaska (NPS)
  • Movements, site fidelity, and activity of northern pike in Minto Lake, Alaska (ADFG)
  • Life history and genetic variability of larval lampreys in interior of Alaska rivers (UAF)


General Information:

Trent Sutton is Professor of Fisheries Biology and the Chair of the Undergraduate Fisheries Program at University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he has been a faculty member since June 2007. His current research interests focus on the ecology and population dynamics of freshwater and marine fishes, particularly whitefishes (i.e., humpback and broad whitefish; least and Bering cisco), salmon (i.e., Chinook, coho, pink, chum, and sockeye salmon; rainbow trout; Arctic char; Dolly Varden), lampreys, and rockfishes. In addition, he still remains active in research in the Great Lakes and Ohio River regions, with ongoing projects focusing on lake whitefish and eastern hellbenders, respectively. At UAF, Trent has completed six (6) M.S. students, one (1) Ph.D. student, five (5) undergraduate independent study projects, and three (3) high school independent study projects. Currently, he has nine (9) M.S. and two (2) Ph.D. students in his research group. In addition to teaching five (5) different undergraduate- and graduate-level courses at UAF, Trent is also very active in the American Fisheries Society, serving as the co-editor of the third edition of Fisheries Techniques and is the current President of the Alaska Chapter.

From June 2001 through May 2007, Trent served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Fisheries Biology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. His research focused on the ecology and population dynamics of freshwater fishes, particularly those inhabiting the Great Lakes (i.e., lake sturgeon; sea lamprey; lake herring; lake whitefish; brook trout), large rivers (i.e., flathead catfish; shovelnose sturgeon; blue sucker), and Indiana lakes and streams (i.e., western mosquitofish; killifishes; warmwater fishes). Through these research efforts, Trent completed nine (9) M.S. students, three (3) Ph.D. students, fourteen (14) undergraduate independent study projects, and four (4) high school independent study projects. In addition to teaching six (6) different undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, he served as the academic advisor of the Purdue University student subunit of the American Fisheries Society.

From August 1996 through May 2001, Trent was as Assistant Professor of Fisheries Biology in the Department of Biology and Director of Fisheries Research and Culture for the Aquatic Research Laboratory at Lake Superior State University. In these capacities, Trent taught 12 different undergraduate courses, mentored 39 undergraduate research projects on various aspects of fisheries ecology and management, and supervised research and culture operations on Atlantic salmon, coaster brook trout, Pacific salmonids, yellow perch, and lake sturgeon.

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