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Madeline Turnquist-Olson

Madeline Turnquist Olson Biology Lab Supervisor


As Lab Supervisor, I manage many aspects of the lab spaces in Sattgast Hall. I am in charge of lab preparations for Cellular Principles, Human Biology, and Diversity of Life labs. I oversee lab safety and Hazardous Waste disposal. If you have questions about our lab spaces, please feel free to reach out to me.

I also manage the Biology Department Student Workers. Our student workers assist with plant and greenhouse care, lab setup and cleaning, microbiology prep, cellular and molecular prep, aquatic lab assistance, taxidermy work, and office work. If you are interested in a student worker position in the Biology Department, please complete an application.


  • State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry MS in Conservation Biology, 2011
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point BS in Wildlife Management & Ecology and Biology, 2008

Research Interests

My scientific interests include toxicology, long-term trend monitoring, integrating various data sources, working collaboratively across multiple disciplines to achieve unified goals, and developing novel approaches for resource management. I am interested in environmental pollution in aquatic ecosystems. My Master’s research focused on mercury pollution and accumulation in snapping turtles and various species of sport fish.