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Trent Sutton

Associate Dean


Fisheries and Conservation
Fisheries Ecology
Fishery Management
Arctic Health Research Building 1W02
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
(907) 474-7285
(907) 474-7204
Curriculum Vitae
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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  • Kay Larson-Blair
  • Stacy Vega
T. L. Kolb, E. A. Blukacz-Richards, A. M. Muir, R. M. Claramunt, M. A. Koops, W. W. Taylor, T. M. Sutton, M. T. Arts and E. Bissel. 2013. How to Manage Data to Enhance Their Potential for Synthesis, Preservation, Sharing, and Reuse-A Great Lakes Case Study Fisheries. 38(2):52-64.

S. D. Unger, T. M. Sutton and R. N. Williams. 2013. Projected population persistence of eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) using a stage-structured life-history model and population viability analysis Journal for Nature Conservation. 21(6):423-432. doi: Doi 10.1016/J.Jnc.2013.06.002 <Go to ISI>://000327482200006

T. M. Sutton, R. A. Zeiber and B. E. Fisher. 2013. Agonistic behavioral interactions between introduced western mosquitofish and topminnows Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 28:16-Jan.

J. Stolarski and T. Sutton. 2013. Precision analysis of three aging structures for amphidromous Dolly Varden char from Alaskan Arctic rivers North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 33:732-740.

S. D. Unger, O. E. Rhodes, T. M. Sutton and R. N. Williams. 2013. Population Genetics of the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) across Multiple Spatial Scales Plos One. 8(10) doi: ARTN e74180; DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0074180 <Go to ISI>://000326029300002

T. M. Sutton, D. M. Wilson and J. J. Ney. 2013. Biology and management of inland striped bass and hybrid striped bass. Biotic and abiotic determinants of stocking success for striped bass in inland waters Ed. C. C. C. J. S. Bulak, and J. A. Rice. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 80,

A. V. Zale, T. M. Sutton and D. L. Parrish. 2013. Fisheries techniques. Conducting fisheries investigations Ed. A. V. Zale, D. L. Parrish and T. M. Sutton. American Fisheries Society,

H. K. Patrick and T. M. Sutton. 2013. The great lake sturgeon. Invasives and sturgeon Ed. D. Dempsey and N. Auer. Michigan State University Press,

T. M. Sutton and L. E. Edenfield. 2012. Stock Characteristics of Humpback Whitefish and Least Cisco in the Chatanika River, Alaska Arctic. 65(1):67-75.

A. C. Seitz, K. M. Straub and T. M. Sutton. 2012. Recruiting the Next Generation of Fisheries Professionals Fisheries. 37(2):80-83.

Albert, M., F. J. Margraf, M. Evenson, and T. M. Sutton.. 201. Seasonal movements of northern pike in Minto Flats, Alaska. Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Annual Research Review..

A. V. Zale, T. M. Sutton and D. L. Parrish. 2013. Fisheries techniques. Conducting fisheries investigations Ed. A. V. Zale, D. L. Parrish and T. M. Sutton. American Fisheries Society,

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