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Dr. Wes Larson

Wes Larson


  • Ph D University of Washington 2015
  • BS University of California, Santa Cruz 2009


I earned my B.S. in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and my PhD in fisheries from the University of Washington. I am interested in fisheries genetics.

Research Interests

population genetics, conservation genetics, genomics, fisheries management, selection, local adaptation

Teaching Interests

population genetics, computer programming

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.
  • McKinney, Garrett J., W.A. Larson, L.W. Seeb, J.E. Seeb. FSP. 2016. RADseq provides unprecedented insights into molecular ecology and evolutionary genetics: comment on Breaking RAD by Lowry et al. (2016). Molecular Ecology Resources. Abstract | 

Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • R Programming for Biologists (2017)

Wisconsin Fish Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Wes LarsonAttendee, workshop to determine next steps for the FishPass project in Traverse City, MI (May 2017 - June 2017)
  • Wes LarsonAttendee, Workshop on the impact of missing data in genotyping-by-sequencing datasets, Bernatchez Lab, University of Laval (October 2016 - October 2016)

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 - 3150 Personal Web Site:

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