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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

  • Euclide, P.T., G. McKinney, M. Bootsma, C. Tarsa, M. Meek, and W. Larson. 2019. Attack of the PCR clones: Rates of clonality have little effect on RAD-seq genotype calls. Molecular Ecology Resources.
  • Habicht C., C.T. Smith, A. Barclay, H.A. Hoyt, K. Turnquist, W.A. Larson. 2019. Discriminating among Pacific Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Atlantic Salmon species using common genetic screening methods. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 10:228-240; e1944-687X.
  • Larson, W.A., T.H. Dann, M.T. Limborg, G.J. McKinney, J.E. Seeb, L.W. Seeb. 2019. Parallel signatures of selection at genomic islands of divergence and the major histocompatibility complex in ecotypes of sockeye salmon across Alaska. Molecular Ecology.
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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: 12

Scientific Publications: 32

Presentations: 123


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