Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Fishery
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Fishery Staff Member


Dr. Wes Larson

Wes Larson

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (715) 346 - 3150
Email: Wes.Larson@uwsp.edu
Personal website

Education

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

Biography

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.

Teaching Interest

population genetics, computer programming

Research Interest

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

Research Publications Publication Date
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. 2017-10-31
Turnquist, K.N., W.A. Larson, J.M. Farrell, K.L. Kapuscinski, L.M. Miller, K.T. Scribner, C.C. Wilson, and B.L. Sloss. Spatial genetic structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes region and the effects of supplementation on genetic integrity of remnant stocks. Pages 477-482 in K.L. Kapuscinski, T.D. Simonson, D.P. Crane, S.J. Kerr, J.S. Diana, and J.M. Ferrell, editors. Muskellunge management: fifty years of cooperation among anglers, scientists, and fisheries biologists. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 85, Bethesda Maryland. 2017-10-31
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13079 | Abstract 2019-01-31
Meek, M., and W. Larson. 2019. The future is now: Amplicon sequencing and sequence capture usher in the conservation genomics era. Molecular Ecology Resources. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.12998 2019-01-31
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 2016-12-31
Larson, W.A., Y. Palti, G. Gao, K.I. Warheit, and J.E. Seeb. 2017. Rapid discovery of SNPs that differentiate hatchery steelhead trout from ESA-listed natural-origin steelhead trout using a 57K SNP array. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75: 1160-1168. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2017-0116 2017-10-31
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15082 2019-03-31
Larson, W.A., D.A. Isermann, Z.S. Feiner. Accepted. Incomplete bioinformatic filtering and inadequate age and growth analysis lead to an incorrect inference of harvested-induced changes: a comment on Bowles et al. (2020). Evolutionary Applications. 2020-09-30
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. https://doi.org/10.3996/052018-JFWM-038 2019-06-30
Gerbyshak, J., W. Larson, and K. Turnquist. Assessment of Leech Lake strain muskellunge stocking in Lake Wissota, WI. Pages 473-476 in K.L. Kapuscinski, T.D. Simonson, D.P. Crane, S.J. Kerr, J.S. Diana, and J.M. Ferrell, editors. Muskellunge management: fifty years of cooperation among anglers, scientists, and fisheries biologists. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 85, Bethesda Maryland. 2017-10-31
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.13087 2019-10-31
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2018.07.002 2018-07-31
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13217 2017-11-30
Project Completion Date
Using parentage analysis to investigate the spawning and recruitment dynamics of walleye in Northern Wisconsin 2021-06-30
Development of eDNA metabarcoding methods for freshwater mussels 2021-08-31
Historical and contemporary genetic diversity of coregonus species from Lake Michigan 2020-09-30
Developing a DNA-based tool to estimate the number of salmon consumed by piscivores in the Sacramento Delta 2020-09-30
Development of a genetic marker panel for Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon Idella) to better understand reproducing populations in Lake Erie tributaries 2020-06-30
Combining genetics, otolith microchemistry, and vital rate estimation to inform restoration and management of fish populations in the UMRS 2021-12-31
Using genomics to delineate stock structure and create a standardized genetic resource for Great Lakes walleye 2020-12-31
Using genomics to improve stock structure resolution and assess recruitment dynamics of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan 2020-12-31
Developing a high-throughput marker panel for lake sturgeon to standardize analyses across the Great Lakes 2020-12-31
Using genomics to improve stock structure resolution and assess recruitment dynamics of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan 2021-08-31
Development of eDNA metabarcoding methods to identify invasive species and examine community structure 2020-06-30
Genetic assessment of Boardman River fish populations prior to dam removal 2020-08-31
Using genomic tools to investigate adaptive diversity in great lakes cisco 2019-12-31
Using genetic tools to inform conservation of Wisconsin’s native brook trout 2019-06-30
Developing a high-throughput SNP panel for walleye in Wisconsin and Minnesota 2019-08-31
Development of a genetic linkage map for cisco to facilitate integrated studies of adaptive managment 2018-03-30
Spawning site contribution and movements of lake whitefish in northwestern Lake Michigan 2021-06-30
How many cooks in the kitchen? Evaluating the potential of DNA mixture models to infer counts from fish and wildlife genetic samples 2016-10-01
Development of eDNA techniques for detection of endangered purple cat's paw pearlymussel and snuffbox 2018-12-31
Assessing neutral and adaptive differentiation in cisco populations across Wisconsin using RAD-sequencing 2017-06-30
Investigating the relationship between gill lice prevalence and genetic diversity in brook trout across Wisconsin 2017-06-30
Genetic assessment of seven fish species above and below the Wisconsin River Dam at Prairie du Sac 2018-06-30
Name Degree Program Status Completion Date
Gehri, Becky Master's Active None
Bootsma, Matthew Master's Active None
Presentations Presentation Date
W. Larson. Novemeber 2018. Sturgeon genetics in Wisconsin. WDNR Fisheries Biologist and Supervisor Meeting, Green Bay, WI. 2018-11-27
Turnquist, K., W. Larson, and J. Gerbyshak. March 2017. Genetic Contribution of Leech Lake Muskellunge in Lake Wissota, WI. 46th Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2017-02-28
Turnquist, K., W. Larson, C.R. Bronte, S.D. Hanson, W. Stott, and B.L. Sloss. May 2017. Genetic Heritage of Naturally Produced Lake Trout in Lake Michigan. International Association for Great Lakes Research. Detroit, Michigan. 2017-05-15
Turnquist K., W. Larson, D. Simpkins, B. Sloss. January 2018. Development of eDNA techniques for endangered mussels. 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-28
Schleppenbach, B., Turnquist, K., and Larson, W. November 2017. Genetic Origin of Walleye Stocked in the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, Vilas County, WI. 2017 Riveredge Nature Center's Student Research Symposium. Awarded best poster. 2017-11-04
Schleppenbach, B., Turnquist, K., and Larson, W. March 2017. Genetic Origin of Walleye Stocked in the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, Vilas County, WI. 46th Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2017-02-28
Schleppenbach B., K. Turnquist, and W. Larson. January 2018. Genetic Analysis of Sauger in the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan Drainages, WI. 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-28
Ruzich, J., W. Larson, K. Turnquist, N. Nye, and D. Rowe. May 2017. Genetic assessment of seven species above and below the Prairie du Sac dam. International Association for Great Lakes Research. Detroit, Michigan. 2017-05-15
Ruzich, J., W. Larson, K. Turnquist, N. Nye, and D. Rowe. March 2017. Genetic assessment of seven species above and below the Prairie du Sac dam. 46th Annual Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2017-02-28
Ruzich, J., W. Larson, K. Turnquist, N. Nye, and D. Rowe. January 2018. Genetic connectivity of seven fish species sampled above and below the prairie du sac dam on the lower wisconsin river. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-28
Ruzich, J., W. Larson, K. Turnquist, N. Nye, and D. Rowe. February 2017. Genetic assessment of seven species above and below the Prairie du Sac dam. Minnesota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Saint Cloud, Minnesota. 2017-02-21
Ruzich, J., S. Hansen, D. Rowe, W. Larson. January 2018. Spatial genetic structure of smallmouth bass across Wisconsin. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-28
Rosburg, A.J., B.G. Blackwell, S.R. Chipps, J.A. VanDeHey, and W.A. Larson. 2017. Growth and genetic diversity of yellow perch populations in the Prairie Pothole Region. 77th Annual Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Lincoln, NE. 2017-02-07
Rosburg, A., Blackwell, B., Chipps, S., VanDeHey, J., Larson, W. February 2017. Growth potential and genetic diversity of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in South Dakota. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Lincoln, Nebraska. 2017-02-08
Rosburg, A., Blackwell, B., Chipps, S., VanDeHey, J., Larson, W. February 2017. Growth potential and genetic diversity of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in South Dakota. Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Jamestown, North Dakota. 2017-02-21
M. Bootsma and W. Larson. Novemeber 2018. Walleye genetics in Wisconsin. WDNR Fisheries Biologist and Supervisor Meeting, Green Bay, WI. 2018-11-27
Larson. W., M. Limborg, G. McKinney, T. Dann, J. Seeb, and L. Seeb. June 2018. Understanding the genetic basis of ecotypic variation in sockeye salmon from across Alaska. Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting, Mukilteo, Washington. 2018-06-18
Larson. W., J. Olsen, G. McKinney, J. Seeb, and L. Seeb. May 2018. Effective population size of Chinook salmon in Yukon and Kuskokwim river tributaries. Anchorage, Alaska. 2018-05-21
Larson, WA. February 2016. The utility of genomics for fisheries management: lessons from Pacific salmon. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. LaCrosse, Wisconsin. 2016-02-17
Larson, WA, Waples, RK, Waples, RW. Estimating effective size with genomic data: benefits and pitfalls. Annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists. Guelph, ON, CA. July 2018. 2018-07-19
Larson, W.L., K. Turnquist, J. VanDeHey, B. Blackwell, S. Chipps, B. Sloss, and A. Rosburg. 2016. Genomic signatures of selection in yellow perch populations with variable growth trajectories and mortality rates. 147th Annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Kansas City, MO. 2016-08-24
Larson, W.A., M. Limborg, G. McKinney, T. Dann, J. Seeb, and L. Seeb. 2018. Understanding the genetic basis of ecotypic variation in sockeye salmon from across Alaska. Midwest Population Genetics Meeting. 2018-08-25
Larson, W., and M. Meek. June 2019. The future is now: amplicon sequencing and sequence capture usher in the conservation genomics era. Brockport, New York. 2019-06-10
Larson, W., W. Stott, K. Turnquist, and G. Sass. September 2017. Developing a Rapture panel to investigate genetic diversity in cisco across the Great Lakes region. 13th International Coregonid Symposium. Bayfield, Wisconsin. 2017-09-10
Larson, W., W. Stott, K. Turnquist, and G. Sass. May 2017. Developing a Rapture panel to investigate genetic diversity in cisco across the Great Lakes region. International Association for Great Lakes Research. Detroit, Michigan. 2017-05-15
Larson, W., M. Limborg, G. McKinney, T. Dann, J. Seeb, and L. Seeb. May 2018. Understanding the genetic basis of ecotypic variation in sockeye salmon from across Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska. 2018-05-21
Larson, W., K. Turnquist, and G. Sass. March 2017. Using parentage analysis to investigate the spawning and recruitment dynamics of walleye in a small northern lake. 46th Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2017-02-28
Larson, W., K. Turnquist, J. VanDeHey, B. Blackwell, S. Chipps, B. Sloss, and A. Rosburg. August 2016. Genomic signatures of selection in yellow perch populations with variable growth trajectories and mortality rates. Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Kansas City, Missouri. 2016-08-21
Larson, W., K. Turnquist, B. Erdman, M. Mitro, and J. Griffin. January 2018. Using genetic tools to inform conservation of Wisconsin’s native brook trout. 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-28
Koenig, L., D. Isermann, D. Dembkowski, W. Larson, K. I. Tsehaye, S. Hansen, S. Hogler, T. Paoli, and T. Zorn. January 2020. Food web interactions among walleyes, lake whitefish, and yellow perch in Green Bay, Lake Michigan. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Springfield, Illinois. 2020-01-26
Koenig, L., D. Isermann, D. Dembkowski, W. Larson, K. I. Tsehaye, S. Hansen, S. Hogler, T. Paoli, and T. Zorn. February 2019. Food web interactions among walleyes, lake whitefish, and yellow perch in Green Bay, Lake Michigan. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Green Bay, Wisconsin. 2019-02-19
J. Griffin, M. Mitro, W. Larson, D. Rowe, D. Seibel, H. Benike, M. Aquino, J. Weeks, S. Hewett, D. Giehtbrock. September 2017. Using new brook trout genetics research to improve Wisconsin stocking program and protect wild brook trout populations. Wild Trout Symposium. West Yellowstone, MT. 2017-09-29
Isermann, D., T. Binder, S. Hansen, D. Caroffino, D. Dembkowski, C. Krueger, C. Vandergoot, and W. Larson. January 2018. Spawning site contribution and movements of lake whitefish in northwestern Lake Michigan. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-31
Isermann, D., S. Hogler, W. Larson, and K. Turnquist. August 2016. Stock structure, dynamics, and demographics of walleyes spawning in tributaries to Green Bay. Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Kansas City, Missouri. 2016-08-21
Erdman, B., W. Larson, K. Turnquist, M. Mitro, and J. Griffin. June 2018. Genetic population structure of Wisconsin brook trout: the ghosts of propagation past. 9th International Charr Symposium. Duluth, Minnesota. 2018-06-18
Dembkowski, D.J., D.A. Isermann, S.R. Hogler, K.N. Turnquist, and W.A. Larson. January 2018. Walleye movements in Green Bay: testing assumptions of the current conceptual model for management. 78th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-31
D. Blumstein, W. Stott, and W. Larson. January 2018. Development of a genetic linkage map for cisco (Coregonus artedi) to facilitate integrated studies of adaptive diversity. 47th Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Green Bay, WI. 2019-02-19
Candy, J., W. Larson, R. Waples, I. Winther, K. Jonsen, and T. Beacham. June 2018. Monitoring genetic diversity from marine fisheries: using GSI assigned individuals to estimate effective population size. Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting, Mukilteo, Washington. 2018-06-18
Brandt., E. J., D.A. Isermann, and D.J. Dembkowski. January 2020. Assessing abundance of centrarchids and juvenile Yellow Perch in northern Wisconsin lakes with different Walleye recruitment histories. 80th Annual Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference. Springfield, Illinois. 2020-01-26
Bootsma, M., Turnquist, K., Sass, G., and Larson, W. January 2018. Developing a high-throughput SNP panel for walleye in Wisconsin and Minnesota. 78th Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-31
Bootsma, M., Turnquist, K., Sass, G., and Larson, W. February 2019. High throughput genetic stock identification and parentage assessment for Wisconsin and Minnesota walleye using single nucleotide polymorphisms. 47th American Fisheries Society Meeting (Wisconsin Chapter). Green Bay, Wisconsin. 2019-02-19
Blumstein. D. , W. Stott, and W. Larson. June 2018. Development of a genetic linkage map for cisco (Coregonus artedi) to facilitate integrated studies of adaptive diversity. Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting 2018. Mukileto, Washington. 2018-06-18
Blumstein, D., W. Stott, and W. Larson. January 2018. Development of a genetic linkage map for cisco (Coregonus artedi) to facilitate integrated studies of adaptive diversity. 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2018-01-31
Blumstein D., W. Stott, and W. Larson. April 2018. Development of a genetic linkage map for cisco (Coregonus artedi) to facilitate integrated studies of adaptive diversity. Great Lakes Science Center Seminar Series. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2018-04-25
B. Schleppenbach, K. Turnquist, A. Nickel, and W. Larson. 2018. Genetic Analysis of Sauger (Sander canadensis) Populations in the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan Drainages, WI. College of Natural Resources, Undergraduate Research Symposium. 2018-04-06
Ackiss, A., Larson, W., Stott, W., Turnquist, K., and G. Sass. February 2018. Using a rapture panel to investigate genetic diversity in inland cisco across the Great Lakes region. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Green Bay, Wisconsin. 2019-02-19