You are here

Jeffrey A. Falke

Research Interests: 

My research focuses on the population and community ecology of freshwater fishes, often linking environmental stressors (e.g., large reservoirs, groundwater pumping, wildfire) to freshwater fish population and assemblage dynamics across a variety of aquatic ecosystems. This research bridges the gap between basic and applied fisheries ecology, integrating quantitative ecological analyses, spatial statistical methods, landscape ecology and conservation biology to address conservation and management issues. Recent projects have focused on evaluating spatial ecological processes as predictors of steelhead spawning distribution, vulnerability analysis of bull trout habitat and populations to wildfire and climate change, designing practical applications for spatial stream network models, and developing multi-state occupancy estimation methods for lotic systems.

Jeff Falke
Jeff Falke
Jeffrey A. Falke
Assistant Professor of Fisheries
Assistant Leader, AKCFWRU
209B Irving 1
Postal Address: 
Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
PO Box 757020
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7020
  • B.S. 2000 University of Missouri (Fisheries and Wildlife)
  • M.S. 2004 Kansas State University (Biology)
  • Ph.D. 2009 Colorado State University (Fisheries Biology)
  • 2012 - pres Assistant Leader , U . S . Geological Survey, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • 2012 - pres Assistant Professor, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Institute of A rctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • 2010 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oregon State University
  • 2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Research Council / NOAA - Fisheries
  • 2005 - 2009 Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado State University
  • 2003 - 2004 Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University
  • 2001 - 2002 Fisheries Research Technician, Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • 1999 - 2001 Fisheries Aide, Missouri Department of Conservation


Falke, J.A. & Gido, K.B., 2006. Effects of reservoir connectivity on stream fish assemblages in the Great Plains. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 63, pp.480-493.


Oakes, R.M. et al., 2005. Modelling of stream fishes in the Great Plains, USA. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 14, pp.361-374.


  • Finalist, American Fisheries Society Best Student Paper Award 2008
  • Eugene Maughan Graduate Student Scholarship, Western Division AFS 2008
  • Colorado-Wyoming Chapter AFS Memorial Scholarship 2008
  • Jay Hokenstrom Memorial Scholarship 2008
  • John E. Skinner Memorial Fund Award, American Fisheries Society 2004
  • Kansas State University Division of Biology Student Travel Award 2004
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008-2009)
  • American Fisheries Society (2000-Present)
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (2003-2004)
  • Ecological Society of America (2012-Present)
  • Society for Freshwater Science (2008-Present)
  • Southwestern Association of Naturalists (2003-2004)
    • Community Ecology of Stream Fishes, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fall 2013, Primary Instructor
    • Ichthyology, Colorado State University, Fall 2008, Primary Instructor
    • Design of Fishery and Wildlife Projects, Colorado State University, Spring 2008, Co-Instructor
    • Undergraduate Research Experience, Colorado State University, Spring 2008, Primary Instructor
    • Fisheries Management, Kansas State University, Fall 2004
    • Principles of Biology, Kansas State University, Spring 2004
    • Botany, Kansas State University, Fall 2003
    • Principles of Biology, Kansas State University, Spring 2003
Current Graduate Students (More info)
  • Chelsea Clawson
  • Chase Jalbert
  • Allison Martin
  • Kristin Neuneker
  • Morgan Sparks
  • Eric Torvinen
In the News
  • Western Division Representative, Student Subsection of the American Fisheries Society (2005-2007)
  • President, Kansas State University Student Sub-unit, Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (2003-2004)
  • Vice President, University of Missouri Student Sub-unit, Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (1999-2000)
  • Member, University of Missouri School of Natural Resources Student Council (1998-1999)
  • Session moderator, American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Lake Placid, NY (2006)
  • Student Presentation Judge, Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Bend, OR (2011), North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, NM (2010)
  • Poster Judge, American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Lake Placid, NY (2006), American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK (2005), Front Range Ecology Symposium (2005), American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Madison, WI (2004)
  • Manuscript reviewer for: Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems; BioScience; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Ecology of Freshwater Fish; Ecography; Ecological Applications; Environmental Biology of Fishes; Fisheries; Journal of Applied Ecology; River Research and Applications; Transactions of the American Fisheries Society; North American Journal of Fisheries Management
  • Proposal reviewer for: National Science Foundation
  • Member, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Working Group “Spatial Statistical Models for Stream Networks: Synthesis and New Directions” (2011-2012)
  • Member, Scholarship and Endowment Committee, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University (2011-2012)