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Dr. Brian Sloss

Unit Leader - Dr. Brian Sloss


  • Ph D Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 2001
  • MS Western Illinois University 1996
  • BS University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 1991


I serve as the Unit Leader of the Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit. I am a conservation geneticist focused primarily on aquatic and terrestrial resource management-related problems. I am originally from Illinois with degrees from the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University.

Research Interests

Currently, my research program can be divided into 4 primary areas: impacts of historical and contemporary fish stocking on genetic integrity, effects of broodstock selection strategies and culture techniques on the genetic diversity of propagated fish, restoration ecology and optimization of genetic diversity, and molecular ecology and the management of exploited fisheries. Species currently the focus of research in my lab include lake whitefish, walleye, muskellunge, lake sturgeon, rock bass, johnny darters, gartersnakes, elk, and bobcat.

Teaching Interests

I teach a graduate level course in ecological genetics. The class focuses on establishing a foundation of population genetics theory coupled with contemporary methods in conservation genetics and molecular ecology.

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - Chair, Genetics and Biodiversity Subcommittee (February 2003 - October 2012)
  • American Fisheries Society - Member Stevan Phelps Memorial Award Review Committee, Genetics Section ( - September 2012)
  • American Fisheries Society - Invited reviewer for the Genetics Section of the American Fisheries Society's Outstanding Paper of the Year award (January 2009 - August 2011)
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Research Publications

  • Kapfer, J.M., B.L. Sloss, G.W. Schuurman, R.A. Paloski, and J.M. Lorch. 2013. Evidence of hybridization between common gartersnakes and Butler's gartersnakes in Wisconsin (USA). Journal of Herpetology 47:400-405. Abstract | 
  • Kapuscinski, K.L., B.L. Sloss, and J.M. Farrell. 2013. Genetic population structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:1075-1089. Abstract | 
  • Anderson, J.L., B.L. Sloss, and J.K. Meece. 2013. Clinical and molecular epidemiology of veterinary Blastomycosis in Wisconsin. BMC Vetrinary Research 9:84.
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Completed Projects


  • Ecological Genetics (2013)
  • Conservation Genetics (2008)
  • Conservation Ecology (2007)
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Technical Publications

  • Sloss, B.L. 2012. Genetic identity of Wisconsin Gartersnakes using microsatellite Genetic markers. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Research Report Series. 23 p.
  • Sloss, B.L., J.A. VanDeHey, T.M. Sutton, P. Peeters, and P. Schneeberger. 2007. Genetic structure among Lake Michigan’s lake whitefish spawning aggregates. Final Report to Great Lakes Fishery Commission. 118 pp.
  • Sloss, B.L. and R.P. Franckowiak. 2007. Genetic identification of potential cougar (Felis concolor) dung from Michigan. Technical report submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 11p.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 21

Presentations: 86


Contact Information

Tel: (715) 346 - 3522

Current Students

Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  3. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources