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Development of a genetic linkage map for cisco to facilitate integrated studies of adaptive managment


July 2017 - March 2018


Management agencies across the Great Lakes are taking advantage of the declines in the abundance of non-native forage species to try and restore a native forage base. Coregonines are an important part of the native food web. Broodstock for Cisco (Coregonus artedi) are being developed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Understanding how the environment in a hatchery and in the wild will affect cisco morphology is important for the development of a broodstock and the success of any stocking program. An important component of studies designed to understand adaptive diversity in captive and wild stocks is a linkage map. This project will produce a linkage map that can be used in planned and ongoing projects to understand adaptive diversity of coregonines across the Great Lakes.


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



  • Wes LarsonPrincipal Investigator
  • Dani BlumsteinStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Great Lakes Science Center


Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

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