Christopher Arp

  • Research Associate Professor
  • Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • PO Box 755910
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5910
  • Phone: (907) 474-2783
  • Office: 346 Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility (ELIF)
  • CV
Professional Organizations

Research Interests

  • Landscape and watershed-scale functions of lakes and wetlands
  • Geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology of headwater streams
  • Ice and water balance dynamics of shallow lakes
  • Surface-water interactions with permafrost
  • Climate change responses and adaptive management

Research Projects

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications


  • Jones, B. M. and C.D. Arp. 2014. Thermal response of western Alaska lakes to past, present, and future changes in climate. Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative Final Report.
  • Bourne, S., B. Schnabel, C. Arp, K. Brumbelow, and L. Gowdish. 2012. Lake water budget modeling white paper. Atkins Technical Journal 8(124):35-48
  • Whitman, M., C. Arp, B. Jones, W. Morris, G. Grosse, F. Urban, and R. Kemnitz. 2011. Developing a long-term aquatic monitoring network in a complex watershed of the Alaskan
  • Arctic Coastal Plain. Pages 15-20 in C. N. Medley, G. Patterson, and M. J. Parker, editors. Proceedings of the Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in Watersheds: Observing, Studying, and Managing for Change. USGS, Reston.
  • Whitman, M. and C.D. Arp. 2010. Developing a process baseline for Arctic beaded stream and lake complexes in the context of fish habitat, future petroleum drilling, and climate change in the NPR-A: Progress Report 2009. Draft Internal Fish Program Report BLM/AK/AK930-6500/FY09/1120/02
  • Long, D. and C.D. Arp. 2010. Limnology and Water Quality of Wonder Lake and other Large Lakes in and around Denali National Park and Preserve, 2006-2008. U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report
  • Arp, C., and J. Curran. 2009. Beavers across Denali’s hydrologic landscape. National Park Service, Denali National Park and Preserve Fact Sheet.
  • Arp, C.D. and B.M. Jones. 2009. Geography of Alaska lake districts: identification, description, and analysis of lake-rich regions of a diverse and dynamic state. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5215, 40 p.
  • Arp, C. and B. Jones. 2008. Large Lakes and Landscape Limnology. National Park Service, Denali National Park and Preserve Fact Sheet.
  • Cooper, D.J. and C.D. Arp. 2003. North Fork of the Gunnison River riparian vegetation analysis. North Fork River Improvement Association.
  • Cooper, D.J. and C.D. Arp. 2002. Prospect Basin fens: baseline monitoring for the year 2001. Prospect Bowl Fen Protection Oversight Committee.
  • Arp, C.D, and E. Benítez G. 2001. A review concerning the potential use of native Amazonian fishes for aquaculture in Ecuador, Red de Extensión Piscícola Amazónica Publication, Programa Carrera en Acuacultura, Universidad Nacional de Loja, Loja, Ecuador.
  • Arp, C.D. and D.J. Cooper. 1999. Analysis of sediment fluxes in riparian and slope wetlands: Yampa River Watershed, Colorado. Department of Environmental Quality, State of Utah.
  • Cooper, D.J., C.D. Arp, and D.C. Anderson. 1999. Importance of the 1997 Flaming Gorge Dam bypass flows for native ecosystem maintenance along the Green River in Browns Park and Lodore Canyon, Colorado. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Cooper, D.J. and C.D. Arp. 1999. Riparian vegetation of the San Miguel River: surface and groundwater interactions, plant water sources, plant water status, and susceptibility to impacts from changing river base flows. Bureau of Land Management.
  • 2006 Ph.D. Ecology (Utah State University)
  • 1998 M.S. Watershed Science (Colorado State University)
  • 1994 B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology / Environmental Studies (Iowa State University)

Professional Experience

  • 2010 – present Assistant Research Professor, Water and Environmental Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
  • 2006 – 2010 Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchroage, AK
  • 2002 – 2006 Research Assistant, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • 2001 – 2002 Ecological Consultant, D.J. Cooper, Boulder, CO
  • 1999 – 2001 Development Worker, U.S. Peace Corps, Loja, Ecuador, SA
  • 1996 – 1999 Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1994 – 1996 Fisheries Biologist, Saltwater, Inc., Anchorage, AK

Teaching Experience

  • 2005 Teaching Assistant, Small Watershed Hydrology (AWER 4490/5490), USU
  • 2000 Technical Trainer, U.S. Peace Corps, Quito, Ecuador
  • 1999 Professor, Hydrology and Water Quality in Aquaculture, Universidad Nacional de Loja
  • 1998 Teaching Assistant, Land-use and Water Quality (ER 418), CSU
  • American Water Resources Association (National and Alaska Section)
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Permafrost Young Researchers Network
  • Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)
  • Engineering Learning & Innovation Facility (ELIF)
  • 1764 Tanana Loop
  • PO Box 75 5910
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5910, USA