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

Wisconsin Fishery Staff Member


Dr. Brian Sloss

Unit Leader - Dr. Brian Sloss

Unit Leader
Phone: (715) 346 - 3522
Email: brian.sloss@uwsp.edu

Education

  • Ph D Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 2001
  • MS Western Illinois University 1996
  • BS University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 1991

Biography

I serve as the Unit Leader of the Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit. I am a conservation geneticist focused primarily on aquatic and terrestrial resource management-related problems. I am originally from Illinois with degrees from the University of Illinois, Western Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University.

Teaching Interest

I teach a graduate level course in ecological genetics. The class focuses on establishing a foundation of population genetics theory coupled with contemporary methods in conservation genetics and molecular ecology.

Research Interest

Currently, my research program can be divided into 4 primary areas: impacts of historical and contemporary fish stocking on genetic integrity, effects of broodstock selection strategies and culture techniques on the genetic diversity of propagated fish, restoration ecology and optimization of genetic diversity, and molecular ecology and the management of exploited fisheries. Species currently the focus of research in my lab include lake whitefish, walleye, muskellunge, lake sturgeon, rock bass, johnny darters, gartersnakes, elk, and bobcat.

Research Publications Publication Date
Wills, P. S., R. J. Sheehan, R. Heidinger, B. L. Sloss, and R. Clevenstine. 2002. Differentiation of pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon using an index based on meristics and morphometrics. In Biology, Management, and Protection of North American Sturgeon, Van Winkle, W., P. J. Anders, D. H. Secor, and D. A. Dixon (Editors). pp. 249-258. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. June 2002
Waterhouse, M.D., B.L. Sloss, and D.A. Isermann. 2014. Relationships among demographics and genetic diversity for walleye populations in northern Wisconsin. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143: 744-756. | Abstract May 2014
VanDeHey, J.A., B.L. Sloss, P.J. Peeters, and T.M. Sutton. 2010. Determining the efficacy of microsatellite DNA-based mixed-stock analysis of Lake Michigan’s lake whitefish commercial fishery. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36:52-58. | Abstract June 2010
VanDeHey, J. A., B. L. Sloss, P. J. Peeters, and T. M. Sutton. 2009. Genetic stock structure of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 66:382-393. March 2009
Stott, W., J.A. VanDeHey, and B.L. Sloss. 2010. Genetic diversity of lake whitefish in Lakes Michigan and Huron; sampling, standardization, and research priorities. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36: 59-65. | Abstract June 2010
Sonsthagen, S., R. Rosenfield, R. Murphy, A. Stewart, W. Stout, T. Driscoll, M.A. Bozek, B.L. Sloss, and S. Talbot. 2012. Genetic and morphological divergence among Cooper’s hawk populations breeding in north-central and western North America. The Auk 129:427-437. | Abstract July 2012
Sloss, B.L., R. Klumb, and E.J. Heist. 2009. Genetic Conservation and Paddlefish Propagation. Pages 307-327 in: C.P. Paukert and G.D. Scholten eds. Paddlefish Management, Propagation, and Conservation in the 21st Century. American Fisheries Society Symposium 66. Bethesda, Maryland. 443p. January 2009
Sloss, B.L., G.W. Schuurman, R.A. Paloski, O.D. Boyle, J.M. Kapfer. 2012. Novel microsatellite loci for studies of Thamnophis gartersnake genetic identity and hybridization. Conservation Genetics Resources 4:383-386. | Abstract June 2012
Sloss, B. L., and N. Billington. 2003. Molecular phylogenetics of Etheostomatinae (Teleostei, Percidae): insights from combining cytochrome b and 12S ribosomal RNA mitochondrial DNA variation. The Proceedings of Percis III. Wisconsin Sea Grant Special Publication. August 2004
Sloss, B. L., R. P. Franckowiak, and E. L. Murphy. 2008. Development of new microsatellite loci and multiplex reactions for muskellunge (Esox masquinongy). Molecular Ecology Notes 811-813. July 2008
Sloss, B. L., N. Billington, and B. M. Burr. 2004. A molecular phylogeny of the Percidae (Teleostei, Perciformes) based on mitochondrial DNA sequence. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 32:545-562. August 2004
Sloss, B. L., M. J. Jennings, R. Franckowiak, and D. M. Pratt. 2008. Genetic identity of brook trout in Lake Superior south shore streams: potential for genetic monitoring of stocking and rehabilitation efforts. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:1244-1251. July 2008
Schrey, A. W., B. L. Sloss, R. J. Sheehan, R. C. Heidinger and E. J. Heist. 2007. Genetic discrimination of Middle Mississippi River Scaphirhynchus sturgeon into pallid, shovelnose, and putative hybrids with multiple microsatellite loci. Conservation Genetics 8:683-693. June 2007
Santo Domingo, J. W., M. C. Meckes, J. M. Simpson, B. Sloss, and D. J. Reasoner. 2003. Molecular characterization of bacteria inhabiting a water distribution system simulator. Water Science and Technology 47(5):147-154. September 2003
Rosenfield, R. N., T. G. Driscoll, R. P. Franckowiak, L. J. Rosenfield, B. L. Sloss, and M. A. Bozek. 2007. Genetic analysis confirms first record of polygyny in Cooper's Hawks. Journal of Raptor Research 41:230-234. September 2007
Moyer, G. M., B. L. Sloss, B. Kreiser, and K. Feldheim. 2009. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci for Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula) and their variability in two other species (Lepisosteus oculatus and L. osseus) of Lepisosteidae. Molecular Ecology Resources 9:963-966. May 2009
Meece, J.K., J.L. Anderson, S. Gruszka, B.L. Sloss, B. Sullivan, and K.D. Reed. 2013. Variation in clinical phenotype of human infection among genetic groups of Blastomyces dermatitidis. Journal of Infectious Diseases 207:814-822. March 2013
Meece, J.K., J.L. Anderson, M.C. Fisher, D.A. Henk, B.L. Sloss, and K.D. Reed. 2011. Population genetic structure of clinical and environmental isolates of Blastomyces dermatitidis based on 27 polymorphic microsatellite markders. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77: 5123-5131. June 2011
Kelling, C.J., D.A. Isermann, B.L. Sloss, and K.N. Turnquist. 2016. Diet overlap and predation between largemouth bass and walleye in Wisconsin lakes using DNA barcoding to improve taxonomic resolution. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36:3, 621-629. | Abstract May 2016
Kapuscinski, K.L., B.L. Sloss, and J.M. Farrell. 2013. Genetic population structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:1075-1089. | Abstract July 2013
Kapfer, J.M., B.L. Sloss, G.W. Schuurman, R.A. Paloski, and J.M. Lorch. 2013. Evidence of hybridization between common gartersnakes and Butler's gartersnakes in Wisconsin (USA). Journal of Herpetology 47:400-405. | Abstract August 2013
Jennings, M.J., B.L. Sloss, G.R. Hatzenbeler, J.M. Kampa, T.D. Simonson, S.P. Avelallemant, G.A. Lindenberger, and B.D. Underwood. 2010. Implementation of genetic conservation practices in a muskellunge propagation and stocking program. Fisheries 35: 388-395. August 2010
Jennings, C.A., B. L. Sloss, B. A. Lasee, G. J. Burtle, and G. R. Moyer. 2013. Care, Handling, and Examination of Sampled Organisms. pp163-221 in A. V. Zale, D. L. Parrish, and T. M. Sutton, editors. Fisheries Techniques 3rd Edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. January 2013
Franckowiak, R. P., B. L. Sloss, M. A. Bozek, S. P. Newman. 2009. Temporal effective size estimates of a managed walleye Sander vitreus population and implications for genetic-based management. Journal of Fish Biology 74: 1086-1103. April 2009
Billington, N., and B.L. Sloss. 2011. Molecular systematics of Sander, and hybridization between walleye and sauger. Pages 85-104 in B.A. Barton, editor. Biology, Management, and Culture of Walleye and Sauger. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. June 2011
Billington, N., C.C. Wilson, and B.L. Sloss. 2011. Distribution and population genetics of walleye and sauger. Pages 105-132 in B.A. Barton, editor. Biology, Management, and Culture of Walleye and Sauger. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. June 2011
Anderson, J.L., B.L. Sloss, and J.K. Meece. 2013. Clinical and molecular epidemiology of veterinary Blastomycosis in Wisconsin. BMC Vetrinary Research 9:84. April 2013
Presentations Presentation Date
Woiak, Z., B.L. Sloss, J.A. VanDeHey, and M.J. Jennings. January 2014. Realized genetic consequences of implementing conservation genetics practices in a muskellunge propagation program. 74th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Kansas City, Missouri. January 2014
Woiak, Z., B.L. Sloss, J.A. VanDeHey, and M.J. Jennings. February 2014. Realized genetic consequences of implementing conservation genetics practices in a muskellunge propagation program. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Green Bay, Wisconsin. February 2014
Woiak, Z., B.L. Sloss, J.A. VanDeHey, and M.J. Jennings. February 2013. Genetic diversity of hatchery-reared muskellunge: impacts of propagation practices. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Rothschild, Wisconsin. February 2013
Spude, B.T., B.L. Sloss, E. Murphy, and M. Jennings. December 2008. Wisconsin muskellunge genetic stock structure and management implications. 69th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Columbus, Ohio. December 2008
Ricther, J.T., B.L. Sloss, and D.A. Isermann. February 2014. Use and validation of side-scan sonar to assess substrate composition in the littoral zone of Wisconsin lakes. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Green Bay, Wisconsin. February 2014
Richter, J.T., B.L. Sloss, and D.A. Isermann. January 2014. Use and validation of side-scan sonar to assess substrate composition in the littoral zone of north temperate lakes. 74th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Kansas City, Missouri. January 2014
Richter, J.T., B.L. Sloss, and D.A. Isermann. February 2013. Use of side-scan sonar to assess substrate composition in the littoral zone of Wisconsin lakes. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Rothschild, Wisconsin. February 2013
Richter, J.T., B.L. Sloss, and D.A. Isermann. February 2013. Measuring walleye spawning habitat using side scan sonar versus transect-based methods. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Rothschild, Wisconsin. February 2013
Proctor, M.E., B.L. Sloss. May 2009. Assessing our abilities to distinguish among lake trout hatchery strains and their potential to hybrid offspring on Lake Michigan’s mid-lake reef complex. 52nd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Toledo, Ohio. May 2009
Kelling, C.J., D.A. Isermann, B.L. Sloss, and K. Turnquist. February 2013. Largemouth bass in northern Wisconsin: potential dietary interactions with walleyes. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of American Fisheries Society. Rothschild, Wisconsin. February 2013
Hasbrouck, T.R., J.A. VanDeHey, B.L. Sloss, and T.D. Simonson. February 2014. Comparison of size and short-term survival of age-0 muskellunge reared using two different methods. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Meeting. Green Bay, Wisconsin. February 2014
Hasbrouck, T., J. VanDeHey, B. Sloss, T. Simonson and R. Klett. January 2014. Comparison of size, condition, and short-term survival of age-0 muskellunge reared using two different methods. 74th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Kansas City, Missouri. January 2014
Hammen, J.J., B.L. Sloss, and M.A. Bozek. December 2008. Genetic spatial analysis of naturally recruiting walleye populations in Wisconsin. 69th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Columbus, Ohio. December 2008
Belnap, M., D. Isermann, B. Sloss, and J. VanDeHey. June 2013. Stock characteristics of lake whitefish in Lake Michigan. International Association of Great Lakes Research 56th Annual Meeting. West Lafayette, Indiana. June 2013
Belnap, M., D. Isermann, B. Sloss, and J. VanDeHey. January 2013. Stock characteristics of lake whitefish in Lake Michigan. 74th Annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. Kansas City, Missouri. January 2014
Belnap, M., D. Isermann, B. Sloss, and J. VanDeHey. February 2014. Stock characteristics of lake whitefish in Lake Michigan. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Green Bay, Wisconsin. February 2014
Belnap, M., D. Isermann, B. Sloss, and J. VanDeHey. February 2013. Stock characteristics of lake whitefish. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Rothschild, Wisconsin. February 2013
Belnap, M., D. Isermann, B. Sloss, and J. VanDeHey. April 2013. Stock characteristics of lake whitefish in Lake Michigan. Western Division of the American Fisheries Society. Boise, Idaho. April 2013
Belnap, M., D. Isermann, B. Sloss, and J. VanDeHey. April 2013. Stock characteristics of lake whitefish in Lake Michigan. Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention. Green Bay, Wisconsin. April 2013
Technical Publications Publication Date
Sloss, B.L., and T. Kittel. 2007. Genetic analysis of remnant Menominee River lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) populations: implications for rehabilitation and reintroduction. Final Report to WE Energies Mitigation and Enhancement Fund. 39 pp. June 2007
Sloss, B.L., J.A. VanDeHey, T.M. Sutton, P. Peeters, and P. Schneeberger. 2007. Genetic structure among Lake Michigan’s lake whitefish spawning aggregates. Final Report to Great Lakes Fishery Commission. 118 pp. December 2007
Sloss, B.L., J.A. VanDeHey, T.M. Sutton, P. Peeters, and P. Schneeberger. 2007. Genetic structure among Lake Michigan's lake whitefish spawning aggregates. Final Report to Great Lakes Fishery Commission. 118 pp. June 2007
Sloss, B.L. and R.P. Franckowiak. 2007. Genetic identification of potential cougar (Felis concolor) dung from Michigan. Technical report submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 11p. October 2007
Sloss, B.L. 2012. Genetic identity of Wisconsin Gartersnakes using microsatellite Genetic markers. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Research Report Series. 23 p. May 2012
Sloss, B.L. 2005. Fish handling/propagation of muskellunge issues. Technical report submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 15 pp. September 2006
Kittel, T.A and B.L. Sloss. 2006. Genetic and demographic analyses of remnant Menominee River lake sturgeon populations: implications for rehabilitation and reintroduction. Progress Report to WE Energies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 3 pp. September 2006
Franckowiak, R.P., B.L. Sloss, M.A. Bozek, and S.P. Newman. 2004. Temporal genetic analysis of a naturally reproducing walleye (Sander vitreus) population: A case study of Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin. Technical Report of the Wisconsin Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 23p. April 2004