Krista Bartz - Aquatic Ecologist

Krista creates a landmark for aquatic monitoring.
Krista creates a landmark for an aquatic monitoring site.

Krista K. Bartz
Aquatic Ecologist
Southwest Alaska I&M Network
240 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 644-3685
krista_bartz [at]


M.S. University of Washington, Fisheries, 2003
B.A. Oberlin College, Biology, 1995

Professional Experience

2013-Present: Aquatic Ecologist, National Park Service

2005-2013: Research Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service

2003-2005: Research Fellow, National Marine Fisheries Service

2003: Research Analyst, University of Washington

1999-2002: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington

Peer-reviewed Publications

Bartz, K. K., M. P. Hannam, T. L. Wilson, R. F. Lepak, J. M. Ogorek, D. B. Young, C. A. Eagles-Smith, and D. P. Krabbenhoft. 2023. Understanding drivers of mercury inlake trout (Salvelinus namaycush), a top-predator fish in southwest Alaska's parklands. Environmental Pollution 330: 121678.

Carey, M. P., G. H. Reeves, S. A. Sethi, T. L. Tanner, D. B. Young, K. K. Bartz, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2023. Elodea mediates juvenile salmon growth by altering physical structure in freshwater habitats. Biological Invasions.

Bartz, K., V. von Biela, B. Black, D. Young, P. van der Sleen, and C. Zimmerman. 2022. Fish Ear Stones Offer Climate Change Clues In Alaska’s Lakes. Frontiers for Young Minds 10:726495.

Lepak, R. F., J. M. Ogorek, K. K. Bartz, S. E. Janssen, M. T. Tate, Y. Runsheng, J. P. Hurley, D. B. Young, C. A. Eagles-Smith, and D. P. Krabbenhoft. 2022. Using carbon, nitrogen, and mercury isotope values to distinguish mercury sources to Alaskan lake trout. Environmental Science and Technology Letters.

von Biela, V. R., B. A. Black, D. B. Young, P. van der Sleen, K. K. Bartz, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2020. Lake trout growth is sensitive to spring temperature in southwest Alaska lakes. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.

Bartz, K. K., T. L. Wilson, D. B. Young, R. F. Lepak, J. M. Ogorek, and D. P. Krabbenhoft. 2020. Drivers of mercury in top-predator lake fish from southwest Alaska parklands. Alaska Park Science 19(1): 80-85.

Littell, J. S., J. H. Reynolds, K. K. Bartz, S. A. McAfee, and G. Hayward. 2020. So goes the snow: Alaska snowpack changes and impacts on Pacific salmon in a warming climate. Alaska Park Science 19(1): 62-75.

Sparks, M. M. , J. A. Falke, T. P. Quinn, M. D. Adkison, D. E. Schindler, K. Bartz, D. Young, and P. A.H. Westley. 2018. Influences of spawning timing, water temperature, and climatic warming on early life history phenology in western Alaska sockeye salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Wilson, T.L., J.H. Schmidt, R. Kolstrom, B.A. Mangipane, and K. Bartz. 2018. Nest use dynamics of an undisturbed population of bald eagles. Ecology and Evolution.

Sergeant, C.J., E.N. Starkey, K.K. Bartz, M.H. Wilson, and F.J. Mueter. 2016. A practitioner’s guide for exploring water quality patterns using Principal Components Analysis and Procrustes. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188:1-15.

Baughman, C.A., B.M. Jones, K.K. Bartz, D.B. Young, and C.E. Zimmerman. 2015. Reconstructing turbidity in a glacially influenced lake using the Landsat TM and ETM+ Surface Reflectance Climate Data Record Archive, Lake Clark, Alaska. Remote Sensing 7:13692-13710.

Puget Sound Recovery Implementation Technical Team. 2015. Puget Sound Chinook salmon recovery: A framework for the development of monitoring and adaptive management plans. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-NWFSC-130.

Bartz, K.K., M.J. Ford, T.J. Beechie, K.L. Fresh, G.R. Pess, M. Rowse, M.B. Sheer, and R. Kennedy. 2015. Trends in developed cover adjacent to habitat for threatened salmon in Puget Sound, Washington, U.S.A. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0124415.

Walters, A.W., K.K. Bartz, and M.M. McClure. 2013. Interactive effects of water diversion and climate change for juvenile Chinook salmon in the Lemhi River Basin (U.S.A.). Conservation Biology 27: 1179-1189.

Harvey, C.J., K.K. Bartz, J.R. Davies, T.B. Francis, T.P. Good, A.D. Guerry, M.B. Hanson, K.K. Holsman, J. Miller, M. Plummer, J.C. Reum, L.D. Rhodes, C.A. Rice, J.F. Samhouri, G.D. Williams, N.J. Yoder, P.S. Levin, and M.H. Ruckelshaus. 2010. A mass-balance model for evaluating food web structure and community-scale indicators in the central basin of Puget Sound. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Tech. Memo., NMFS-NWFSC-106.

Fresh, K.L., W. Graeber, K.K. Bartz, J.R. Davies, M.D. Scheuerell, A.D. Haas, M.H. Ruckelshaus, and B.L. Sanderson. 2009. Incorporating spatial structure and diversity into recovery planning for anadromous Pacific salmonids. In: Knudsen EE, Michael H (Eds.). Pacific Salmon Environment and Life History Models: Advancing Science for Sustainable Salmon. American Fisheries Society Symposium. Bethesda, Maryland.

Naiman, R.J., J.M. Helfield, K.K. Bartz, D.C. Drake, and J.M. Honea. 2009. Pacific salmon, marine-derived nutrients and the characteristics of aquatic and riparian ecosystems. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69:395-425.

Angilletta Jr, M.J., E.A. Steel, K.K. Bartz, J.G. Kingsolver, M.D. Scheuerell, B.R. Beckman, and L.G. Crozier. 2008. Big dams and salmon evolution: changes in thermal regimes and their potential evolutionary consequences. Evolutionary Applications 1:286-299.

Battin, J., M.W. Wiley, M.H. Ruckelshaus, R.N. Palmer, E. Korb, K.K. Bartz, and H. Imaki. 2007. Projected impacts of climate change on salmon habitat restoration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:6720-6725.

Hoekstra, J.M., K.K. Bartz, M.H. Ruckelshaus, J.M. Moslemi, and T.K. Harms. 2007. Quantitative threat analysis for management of an imperiled species—Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Ecological Applications 17:2061-2073.

Scheuerell M.D., R. Hilborn, M.H. Ruckelshaus, K.K. Bartz, K.M. Lagueux, A.D. Haas, and K. Rawson. 2006. The Shiraz model: a tool for incorporating anthropogenic effects and fish-habitat relationships in conservation planning. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63:1596-1607.

Bartz K.K., K.M. Lagueux, M.D. Scheuerell, T. Beechie, A.D. Haas, and M.H. Ruckelshaus. 2006. Translating restoration scenarios into habitat conditions: an initial step in evaluating recovery strategies for Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63:1578-1595.

Bartz, K.K., and R.J. Naiman. 2005. Effects of salmon-borne nutrients on riparian soils and vegetation in southwest Alaska. Ecosystems 8:529-545.

Last updated: August 22, 2023