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Mr. Keith Turnquist

Keith Turnquist, Molecular Genetics Conservation Lab Manager


  • MS University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2011
  • BS University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2004


I have a B.S. in Urban Forestry and a M.S. in Natural Resources from UW-Stevens Point, and am currently the Lab Manager for the Molecular Conservation Genetics Laboratory at UW-Stevens Point. I am originally from Minnesota, and am an avid sportsman and Beagler.

Research Interests

I have interests in urban soil microbiology, environmental DNA applications, and molecular ecology.

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching introductory Natural Resources courses, genetics, and environmental microbiology.

Research Publications

  • Turnquist, K.N., W.A. Larson, J.M. Farrell, P.A. Hanchin, K.L. Kapuscinski, L.M. Miller, K.T. Scribner, C.C. Wilson, and B.L. Sloss. 2017. Genetic structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes region and the effects of supplementation on genetic integrity of wild populations. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
  • Kelling, C.J., D.A. Isermann, B.L. Sloss, and K.N. Turnquist. 2016. Diet overlap and predation between largemouth bass and walleye in Wisconsin lakes using DNA barcoding to improve taxonomic resolution. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36:3, 621-629. Abstract | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 19

Presentations: 130


Contact Information

Tel: (715) 346 - 3873

Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

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