Associate Professor of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
College of Arts & Sciences
Medical Laboratory Science
Ph.D. University of South Dakota
M.S. South Dakota State University
B.S. South Dakota State University
A.A. Winona State University
Dr. Alyssa Kiesow joined Northern’s faculty in August 2007. Born and raised in St. Cloud, Minn., she received multiple degrees from state institutions. Dr. Kiesow earned her Ph.D. in biological sciences with a research focus in genetics from the University of South Dakota. She currently serves as Northern’s coordinator of undergraduate research, on the Sanford PROMISE board, and on the South Dakota Academy of Science Executive Committee.
Dr. Kiesow's primary research interests range from genetic structure of animal populations to epigenetics of developing embryos. Recent research focuses on the effects of various toxins on embryonic development in sea stars, sea urchins, and Xenopus laevis.
*Denotes undergraduate student research
*Kiesow, A. M., and A. Premo. Characterization and isolation of microsatellite loci for false map turtles. American Midland Naturalist. In Press, exp. April 2017.
Kiesow, A. M., E. M. Monroe, and H. B. Britten. 2012. Genetic Structure of the arboreal squirrel species (Glaucomys sabrinus and Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) in the North American Black Hills. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 1191-1200.
Kiesow, A. M., T. Kasmarik, and R. Binstock. 2011. Detection of domestic cattle gene introgression in a small population of North American bison. Proceedings of South Dakota Academy of Science 90: 79 – 85.
Kiesow, A. M., L. E. Wallace, and H. B. Britten. 2011. Characterization and isolation of microsatellite loci for northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus). Western North American Naturalist 71: 553–556.
Kiesow, A. M, and J. A. Kiesow. 2010. Bat census in riparian areas along the Missouri River in central South Dakota, 2003 – 2005. Prairie Naturalist 66 – 67.
*Viall, E., C. R. Fellbaum, and A. M. Kiesow. 2009. Distinguishing between G. volans and G. sabrinus using microsatellite analyses. Proceedings of South Dakota Academy of Science 88: 119 – 126.