Trent Sutton

Trent Sutton

Associate Dean of Academic Programs


Fisheries Conservation
Fisheries Ecology
Fisheries Management

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Arctic Health Research Building 1W02
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7220
907-474-7204 (fax)




Trent Sutton has been a faculty member at UAF since 2007, and previously held faculty positions at Purdue University (2001–2007) and Lake Superior State University (1996-–2001). Over his 22+-year academic career, Trent has secured 60 grants for a total of $14.14 million in funding from state, federal, and industry sources, with $6.36 million coming to him directly as a PI or co-PI and $7.78 million going to other project PIs or co-PIs on these grants. These funded projects have largely been multi-investigator, collaborative initiatives with state, federal, Alaska Native/tribal, and provincial agencies. To date, Trent has completed 32 graduate students (26 M.S. and 6 Ph.D.) and currently has 5 M.S. and 1 doctoral graduate students in his research program. In addition, he has also supervised 75 undergraduate and 8 high school student research projects as a faculty member. He has published 105 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 68 of these publications were coauthored with his undergraduate or graduate students as first author. In addition, Trent has also published four proceedings and four book chapters, and is one of three co-editors of Fisheries Techniques, Third Edition. This book, co-edited with Al Zale and Donna Parrish, is a 21-chapter textbook published by the American Fisheries Society in 2012 and serves as the basis for instruction and research involving fish capture and laboratory sampling techniques and protocols for fisheries students, educators, researchers, and managers. Trent and his graduate students have given 251 oral presentations and posters at state, national, and international scientific meetings and conferences since 2001.




Blain-Roth, B.J., and T.M. Sutton. (2019). "Effects of barotrauma and recompression events on subsequent embryo condition of yelloweye rockfish". Fisheries Research. 211:212–216.

Hadden, J.T., N.J. Smith, and T.M. Sutton. (2018). "Effects of transmitter application procedures on growth, survival, and tag retention of juvenile least cisco Coregonus sardinella". Fisheries Research. 199:196–201.

Shink, K.G., T.M. Sutton, J.M. Murphy, and J.A. Lopez. (2018). "Genetic variation and population structure among larval Lethenteron spp. within the Yukon River drainage, Alaska". Journal of Fish Biology. 93(6):1130–1140.

Smith, N.J., P.L. McCall, and T.M. Sutton. (2017). "Effects of different tagging protocols on survival, growth, and tag retention in juvenile least cisco Coregonus sardinella". Fisheries Research. 187:68–72.

Sutton, T.M.. (2017). "Distribution and ecology of lampreys Lethenteron spp. in interior Alaskan rivers". Journal of Fish Biology. 90(4):1196–1213.

Vega, S.L., T.M. Sutton, and J.M. Murphy. (2017)." Marine-entry timing and growth rates of juvenile chum salmon in Alaskan waters of the Chukchi and northern Bering seas". Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 135:137–144.

Blain, B.J., and T.M. Sutton. (2016). "Reproductive status and blood-plasma indicators of sex and gonad maturation status for yelloweye rockfish following barotrauma and recompression events". Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 145(6):1234–1240.

Walker, B.M., and T.M. Sutton. (2016). "Growth-increment formation using otoliths and scales for age-0 Chinook salmon". North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 36(5):995–999.

Smith, N.J., and T.M. Sutton. (2015). "Mixed-stock Inconnu Stenodus leucichthys habitat use in an Arctic estuarine delta complex". Environmental Biology of Fishes. 98(3):857–869.

Smith, N.J., T.M. Sutton, and J.W. Savereide. (2015). "Seasonal movement patterns of Inconnu in an Arctic estuary delta complex". North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 35(4):698–707.

Dupuis, A.W., and T.M. Sutton. (2014). "Spawning movements of humpback whitefish in interior Alaska rivers". Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 23(3):295–304.

Stolarski, J.T., F.J. Margraf, J.G. Carlson, and T.M. Sutton. (2014). "Lipid and moisture content modeling of amphidromous Dolly Varden using bioelectrical impedance analysis". North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 34(3):471–481.

Stolarski, J.T., and T.M. Sutton. (2013). "Precision analysis of three aging structures for amphidromous Dolly Varden from Alaskan Arctic rivers". North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 33(4):732–740.

Sutton, T.M., and L.E. Edenfield. (2012). "Stock characteristics of humpback whitefish and least cisco in the Chatanika River, Alaska". Arctic. 65(1):67-75.

Dupuis, A.W., and T.M. Sutton. (2011). "Reproductive biology of female humpback whitefish Coregonus pidschian in the Chatanika River, Alaska". Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 27(6):1365–1370.

Woll, C.L., A. Prakash, and T.M. Sutton. (2011). "A case-study of in-stream juvenile salmon habitat classification using decision-based fusion of multispectral aerial images". Applied Remote Sensing Journal. 2(1):37–46.



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


Current Research Projects

  • Spawning coho salmon habitat associations in Susitna River tributaries, Alaska (M.S. Student Betsy McCracken: Collaborators: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Species assemblage changes relative to environmental drivers in an Arctic fish community (M.S. Student Justin Priest
  • Collaborators: Hilcorp Alaska, LLC)
  • Bioenergetic assessment of juvenile broad whitefish responses to climate change in the Alaskan Arctic. (M.S. Student Duncan Green
  • Collaborators: Hilcorp Alaska, LLC)
  • Assessment of the distribution, timing, and reproductive biology of spawning capelin in Norton Sound, Alaska. (M.S. Student Kirsten Ressel
  • Collaborators: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation)
  • Growth chronology and aging evaluation of juvenile Arctic cisco in nearshore waters of the Beaufort Sea. (M.S. Student Kyle Gatt
  • Collaborators: Hilcorp Alaska, LLC)
  • Stock assessment of lingcod in Prince William Sound, Alaska (Ph.D. Student Katja Berghaus
  • Collaborator: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Valdez Charter Boat Association)
  • Species discrimination and life history of lampreys in interior Alaska (Collaborators: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Life history and reproductive biology of Pacific and Arctic lampreys in the Susitina River drainage, Alaska (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)



  • Director, Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA)