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Franz Mueter


Commercial Fisheries
Fisheries Conservation
Fisheries Ecology
Fisheries Oceanography
Fisheries Population and Biometry
Fisheries Management
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
17101 Point Lena Loop Rd
315 Lena Point Bldg.
Juneau, AK 99801-8344
907-796-5447 (fax)
Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays
1:30 3:30 pm
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Ph.D. Fisheries Oceanography
University of Alaska Fairbanks
M.S. Statistics
University of Alaska Fairbanks
M.S. Biological Oceanography
Rhino-Westphalian Technical University
B.S. Biology
Curriculum Vitae
  • climate effects on fish populations
  • dynamics of exploited populations
  • ecosystem oceanography
  • quantitative ecology
  • marine fisheries
  • multivariate analyses
  • population ecology
  • biostatistics
  • fisheries management
Research Overview
My research interests include the effects of climate variability, climate change, and fishing on marine and anadromous fish populations, particularly in subarctic seas. Most of my research has focused on fish populations in the Gulf of Alaska and the Eastern Bering Sea, in particular the effects of variability in temperature and ice conditions on their distribution, productivity, and abundance. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms controlling the productivity of individual populations and in the interactions among different species and functional groups.

I believe that a comparative, macroecological approach offers one of the more promising approaches to improving our understanding of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Due to the complexities of marine ecosystems, a mechanistic understanding of populations in any given system based on detailed process studies is extremely challenging. However, evidence from individual species or systems, when compared and contrasted across systems, can greatly strengthen support for or against particular mechanisms. Much of my research draws on existing environmental and fisheries databases. Using multivariate and meta-analytical tools to quantify patterns of variability within and among different ecosystems, my research aims to identify the environmental drivers and the ecological principles that help shape marine ecosystems.

I am also interested in ecosystem-based approaches to the management of marine living resources and the resilience and adaptive capacity of fish populations, coastal communities, and management frameworks in the face of global environmental changes.
Current Research Projects
  • Co-chair, Ecosystem Studies of Sub-Arctic Seas (ESSAS) (https://essas.arc.hokudai.ac.jp/)
  • Scientific and Statistical Committee of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (https://www.npfmc.org/scientific-and-statistical-committee/)
  • ICES/PICES Working Group on Forecasting Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Shellfish
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