Frank von Hippel

Frank von Hippel

Professor of Biological Sciences, Ph.D.
Office: EBL 118
Phone: (907) 786-4783


  • A.B. Biology (with honors), Dartmouth College, Hanover 1989
  • Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1996

Research Interests

The von Hippel lab studies problems in ecotoxicology, evolutionary ecology and conservation biology using the stickleback as a model system.

Current Research Grants

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences RO1, 2011-2016 ($2,354,871 total, ~$675,475 at UAA) Miller, P.K. (contact PI), von Hippel, F.A., Buck, C.L. & Carpenter, D. “Protecting the Health of Future Generations: Assessing and Preventing Exposures to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Two Alaska Native Arctic Communities on St. Lawrence Island” – NIEHS 1RO1ES019620-O1A1
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences RO1, 2010-2015 ($2,792,848 total, $1,983,217 at UAA) von Hippel, F.A. (contact PI), Postlethwait, J., Cresko, W. & Buck, C.L. “Mechanisms of perchlorate-induced disruption of sexual differentiation” - NIEHS 1RO1ES017039-01A1
  • National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, 2009-2012 ($671,653 total, $306,901 at UAA) von Hippel, F.A. collaborative proposal with Cresko, W.A. “Evolutionary genomics of rapid adaptation in threespine stickleback” - DEB 0919234 


  • Kenney, L.A., von Hippel, F.A., Willacker, J.J. & O'Hara, T.M. (2012). Mercury concentrations of a resident freshwater forage fish at Adak Island, Aleutian archipelago, Alaska. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 31(11):2647-2652.
  • Lescak, E.A., von Hippel, F.A., Lohman, B.K. & Sherbick, M.L. (2012). Predation of threespine stickleback by dragonfly naiads. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 21:581-587.
  • Furin, C.G., von Hippel, F.A. & Bell, M.A. (2012). Partial reproductive isolation of a recently derived resident-freshwater population of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) from its putative anadromous ancestor. Evolution 66:3277-3286.
  • Kimmel, C.B., Cresko, W.A., Phillips, P.C., Ullmann, B., Currey, M., von Hippel, F.A., Kristjánsson, B.K., Gelmond, O. & McGuigan, K. (2012). Independent axes of genetic variation and parallel evolutionary divergence of opercle bone shape in threespine stickleback. Evolution 66(2): 419-434.
  • Lescak, E.A. & von Hippel, F.A. (2011). Selective predation of threespine stickleback by rainbow trout. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 20(2):308-314.
  • Haught, S. & von Hippel, F.A. (2011). Invasive pike establishment in Cook Inlet Basin lakes, Alaska: diet, native fish abundance and lake environment. Biological Invasions 13(9):2103-2114.
  • Bernhardt, R.R., von Hippel, F.A. & O’Hara, T.M. (2011). Chronic perchlorate exposure causes morphological abnormalities in developing stickleback. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30(6):1468-1478.
  • Willacker, J.J., von Hippel, F.A., Wilton, P.R. & Walton, K.M. (2010). Classification of threespine stickleback along the benthic-limnetic axis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101:595-608.
  • Weigner, H.L. & von Hippel, F.A. (2010). Biogeography and ecological succession in freshwater fish assemblages of the Bering Glacier region, Alaska. In Payne, J., Josberger, E. & Shuchman, B. (eds.): Bering Glacier: Interdisciplinary Studies of Earth’s Largest Temperate Surging Glacier. The Geological Society of America.
  • Gelmond, O., von Hippel, F.A. & Christy, M.S. (2009). Rapid ecological speciation in three-spined stickleback from Middleton Island, Alaska: The roles of selection and geographic isolation. Journal of Fish Biology 75:2037-2051.
  • Bernhardt, R.R. & von Hippel, F.A. (2008). Chronic perchlorate exposure impairs stickleback reproductive behaviour and swimming performance. Behaviour 145:527-559.
  • von Hippel, F.A. (2008). Conservation of threespine and ninespine stickleback radiations in the Cook Inlet Basin, Alaska. Behaviour 145:693-724.
  • Karve, A.D., von Hippel, F.A. & Bell, M.A. (2008). Isolation between sympatric anadromous and resident threespine stickleback species in Mud Lake, Alaska. Environmental Biology of Fishes 81:287-296.
  • Patankar, R., von Hippel, F.A. & Bell, M.A. (2006). Extinction of a weakly-armoured threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) population in Prator Lake, Alaska. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 15:482-487.
  • Bernhardt, R.R., von Hippel, F.A. & Cresko, W.A. (2006). Perchlorate induces hermaphroditism in threespine stickleback. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25(8):2087-2096.
  • von Hippel, W., von Hippel, F.A., Chan, N. & Cheng, C. (2005). Exploring the use of Viagra in place of animal and plant potency products in traditional Chinese medicine. Environmental Conservation 32(3):235-238.
  • von Hippel, F.A. & Weigner, H. (2004). Sympatric anadromous-resident pairs of threespine stickleback species in young lakes and streams at Bering Glacier, Alaska. Behaviour 141(11-12):1441-1464.
  • Dodds, E.D., Kennish, J.M., von Hippel, F.A., Bernhardt, R. & Hines, M. (2004). Quantitative analysis of perchlorate in extracts of whole fish homogenates by ion chromatography: Comparison of suppressed conductivity detection and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 379:881-887.
  • von Hippel, W. & von Hippel, F.A. (2004). Is Viagra a viable conservation tool? Response to Hoover, 2003. Environmental Conservation 31(1):4-6.
  • von Hippel, F.A. & von Hippel, W. (2002). Sex, drugs, and animal parts: Will Viagra save threatened species? Environmental Conservation 29(3):277-281.
  • von Hippel, F.A. (2000). Vigorously courting male sticklebacks are poor fathers. Acta Ethologica 2:83-89.
  • von Hippel, F.A., Frederick, H. & Cleland, E. (2000). Population decline of the black and white colobus monkey (Colobus guereza) in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. African Zoology 35(1):69-75.
  • von Hippel, F.A. (1999). Black male bellies and red female throats: Color changes with breeding status in a threespine stickleback. Environmental Biology of Fishes 55:237-244.
  • von Hippel, F.A. (1998). Use of sleeping trees by black and white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. American Journal of Primatology 45:281-290.
  • von Hippel, F.A. (1996). Interactions between overlapping multimale groups of black and white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. American Journal of Primatology 38:193-209.
  • Meilman, P.W., von Hippel, F.A. & Gaylor, M.S. (1991). Self-induced vomiting in college women: Its relation to eating, alcohol use, and Greek life. Journal of American College Health 40:39-41.