Chris Sergeant

Chris Sergeant

Research Scientist

Chris Sergeant

Chris takes notes along the Nakina River in Taku RIver Tlingit territory (photo by E. Sketchley)
Phone: (907) 500-4540

My current work examines:

  • Impacts of mining operations on freshwater ecosystems
  • Climate change implications for Pacific salmon
  • Best practices for developing long-term ecological monitoring plans
  • How scientists and other community members can collaborate to increase the capacity for conducting science in transboundary watersheds

I strive to be interdisciplinary and conduct research that spans freshwater ecology, water quality, hydrology, Pacific salmon biology, and watershed stewardship and governance. Currently, my work is centered around watersheds in Alaska and British Columbia.

I have a B.S. and M.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. Since 2000, I have held fisheries biologist positions in government, private, and non-profit sectors. In December 2022, I will receive my PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where from 2017-2022 I was a member of Dr. Jeff Falke's Freshwater Fish Ecology Lab. My dissertation explores how shifting thermal and streamflow regimes will impact salmon across the thousands of watersheds bordering the Gulf of Alaska.

A current list of my publications, technical reports, and outreach materials are on ResearchGate.

In October 2019, I co-organized a workshop with Erin Sexton titled, Advancing scientific knowledge of mining impacts on salmonid-bearing watersheds. Products from the workshop are found here. The website will be updated as new products arise.

Click the images below to link to papers I have recently led or co-authored (illustrations by Cecil Howell). Mouse over each image to view the paper title:

Risks of Mining to Salmonid-Bearing Watersheds          Premature Mortality Observations among Alaska's Pacific Salmon During Record Heat and Drought in 2019    

A Classification of Streamflow Patterns Across the Coastal Gulf of Alaska