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Justin-Vandehey---photo-for-website.pngJustin VanDeHey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-2090
Office: TNR 178

Curriculum Vitae


Growing up on the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods in Northern Minnesota sparked my interest in nature and has continued to shape my career path. My past and current research encompass a wide range of applied fisheries and aquatic ecology related questions using a variety of techniques. My Master’s thesis used conservation genetics to delineate genetic stocks of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan to aid in the management of this ecologically and economically important fishery and my doctoral dissertation assessed the effects of the introduction of a keystone species, Gizzard Shad, on the native fish and zooplankton communities in small prairie glacial lakes. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Stevens Point I was a fish propagation science specialist for the state of Wisconsin and worked on a wide range of hatchery and post-stocking related issues. I currently teach Fisheries Management, Fisheries Research and Introduction to Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and advise Master’s students working on a variety of topics. 

  • B.S. Biology, University of Wisconsin-Superior

  • M.S. Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

  • Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University

Current Research Projects  

  • Evaluation of Wisconsin’s Walleye broodstock management plan.

  • Effects of 2-4D herbicide use on zooplankton and fishes.

  • Growth, condition, survival, and cost of Muskellunge reared using different diets.

  • Stock-recruitment relationships of Walleye in Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin.

  • Genetic structure of Mountain Sucker in the Black Hills, South Dakota.

  • Growth potential and genetic diversity of Yellow Perch in South Dakota.

  • Introgression of the Florida Largemouth Bass genome into Northern Largemouth Bass populations in Mississippi and Texas.

  • Mixed stock analysis of the Lake Whitefish commercial fishery in Lake Michigan.

 Professional Society Involvement

  • Member and Certified Fisheries Biologist with the American Fisheries Society

  • Co-advisor for the UW-Stevens Point student subunit of the American Fisheries Society

  • Chair of the Education subcommittee for the American Fisheries Society Board of Professional Certification

  • Member of the New Initiatives committee of the Education Section of the American Fisheries Society

  • Member of the International Association for Great Lakes Research

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