Trent Sutton

Trent Sutton

Vice Provost & Accrediation Officer, UAF

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 academic career, Trent has taught 31 undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily in the areas of fisheries biology and management. He has secured 62 grants totaling $13.37 million in funding, with $4.03 million coming directly to him as the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI and $9.34 million going to other grant PIs or co-PIs. To date, Trent has completed 35 graduate students (29 M.S., six Ph.D.) and currently has five (four M.S. and one Ph.D.) graduate students in his research program. In addition, he has also supervised 78 undergraduate and nine high school student research projects as a faculty member. He has published 112 peer-reviewed journal articles, four proceedings, four book chapters, and is one of three co-editors of Fisheries Techniques, Third Edition.



Selected Publications

Ressel, K.N., J. Bell, and T.M. Sutton. 2020. Distribution and life history of spawning capelin in subarctic Alaska. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 149(1): 43–56.

Clemens, B.J., L. Weitkamp, K. Siwicke, J. Wade, J. Harris, J. Hess, L. Porter, K. Parker, T.M. Sutton, and A.M. Orlov. 2019. Marine biology of the Pacific lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 29(4): 767–788.

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

Shink, K.G., T.M. Sutton, J.M. Murphy, and J.A. López. 2019. Utilizing DNA metabarcoding to characterize the diet of marine-phase Arctic lamprey (Lethenteron camtschaticum) in the eastern Bering Sea. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences 76(11): 1993–2002.

Graham, C.J., T.M. Sutton, M.D. Adkison, M.V. McPhee, and P.J. Richards. 2019. Evaluation of growth, survival, and recruitment of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska rivers. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 148:243–259.

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.


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


Research Overview

Trent Sutton’s research program uses a field and laboratory-based approach to develop a greater understanding of biotic and abiotic factors on the population ecology and biology of fishes and community structure in freshwater and marine ecosystems. He has significant experience in population biology and ecology of fishes, and expertise in population assessment using field and laboratory methods. Trent has current research projects directed at understanding the distribution, abundance, movement patterns, population dynamics, and life history of various species in Alaska, including large natural rivers and lakes in interior Alaska, the Yukon and Susitina rivers, Prince William Sound, and the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas.


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)
  • 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; Collaborators: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Valdez Charter Boat Association)
  • Influence of climate change on the thermotolerance of broad whitefish and Arctic cisco in the Beaufort Sea (M.S. student Carolyn Hamman; Collaborators: Hilcorp Alaska, LLC)
  • Effects of attached dart tags and implanted telemetry tags on wound healing, tag retention, survival, and swimming performance of Arctic lamprey (M.S. student Mary Spanos; Collaborators: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association)
  • Life history and reproductive biology of Pacific, Arctic, and Alaskan brook lampreys in the Susitina River drainage, Alaska (Collaborators: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)



FISH 103 The Harvest of the Sea (2 credits)
FISH 315 Freshwater Fisheries Techniques (3 credits)
FISH 487/687 Fisheries Management (3 credits)
FISH 490 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Internship (1 credit)



  • Director, Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA)