Master’s position in the Larson Lab using genetics to investigate the 
reproductive ecology of walleye in northern Wisconsin

Description and responsibilities: The USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery 
Research Unit at UW-Stevens Point is looking for a MS student to conduct 
research on walleye populations in northern Wisconsin as part of a 
collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
(WDNR) and UW-Stevens Point. Walleye populations have been declining in 
northern Wisconsin over the past decade, and previous studies have been unable 
to provide a mechanistic cause for these declines. This project will utilize 
genetics to construct pedigrees for two northern Wisconsin lakes with the goal 
of correlating various ecological metrics to individual fitness (i.e. 
reproductive success). The project will include both field and laboratory 
components. Laboratory work will consist of using a newly developed SNP panel 
to genotype thousands of walleye, and field work will consist of assisting WDNR 
with walleye sampling in the spring and fall. Data analysis will leverage a 
variety of statistical methods to investigate relationships between 
reproductive success and variables such as size, age, spawning location, and 
egg quality.

Qualifications: B.S. in biology, fisheries, or a related field, GPA of 3.0+, 
and GRE of 300+. Previous experience with fisheries ecology is desirable. A 
background in genetics is not required.

Salary: $16,000 per year (2 yr) plus health insurance and tuition waiver.

Closing date: May 1, 2019. 

Starting date: Position will start in September 2019 but there may be an 
opportunity to work in the Larson Lab during summer 2019 before the position 

Contact: Please send CV, transcript copies, GRE scores, and names and contact 
information for 3 references to Wes Larson ( 

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