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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

  • Sethi S.A., W. Larson, K. Turnquist, and D. Isermann. 2018. Estimating the number of contributors to DNA mixtures provides a novel tool for ecology. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Abstract | 
  • Dembkowski, D.A., D.A. Isermann, S.R. Hogler, W.A. Larson, and K.N. Turnquist. 2018. Stock structure, dynamics, demographics, and movements of walleyes spawning in four tributaries to Green Bay. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
  • Defilippo, L.B., D.E. Schindler, J.L. Carter, T.E. Walsworth, T.J. Cline, W.A. Larson, T. Buehrens. In Review. Associations of stream geomorphic conditions and alternative reproductive tactics among sockeye salmon populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 239-253.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • R Programming for Biologists (2017)

Wisconsin Fish Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Wes LarsonAttendee, USGS Synthetic Biology Meeting St. Paul MN (June 2019 - June 2019)
  • Wes LarsonJudge, Phelps Award for Best Genetics Paper Published in an AFS Journal 2017, 2018 (March 2017 - July 2018)
  • Wes LarsonPoster judge, WDAFS Meeting, Anchorage AK (May 2018 - May 2018)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 6

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 27

Presentations: 119


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