The Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) will be offering a 2-week Biomonitoring course this summer.  See below for details.

*Biomonitoring of Streams & Rivers (ENT 469)*
Dates: June1-June12, Class meets Mon-Fri
Course Coordinators: Dr. Rich Merritt and Dr. Mike Kaufman

The use of biomonitoring to assess stream water quality has become an accepted and standardized procedure by almost all government agencies that deal with environmental issues. Even so, the field is still coming into it’s own and many techniques are in the developmental stage. This course is intended to provide students with a practical knowledge of current techniques used in biomonitoring of streams and rivers. An emphasis will be placed on the assessment of taxonomic groups of benthic organisms, particularly macroinvertebrates since this group is central to almost all biomonitoring programs. However, techniques in the assessment of stream physiochemical parameters, detritus processing, as well as fish, algal and
microbial communities will be also presented.  The course is taught by world-renowned experts in this type of assessment, including the editors of an *Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America*.  The class is just 2-weeks and will be a fantastic resume builder for jobs in environmental assessment!

*Instructors/participants and areas of expertise include:*
Dr. Marty Berg, Biology Dept., Loyola Univ. Chicago – Midge Taxonomy,
Aquatic Ecology
Dr. Ken Cummins, Fisheries Dept., Humboldt State Univ., CA – Aquatic Insect
Dr. Julie Heinlein, Zoology Dept., MSU – Algal Ecology and Taxonomy
Dr. Mike Kaufman, Entomology Dept., MSU – Microbial Ecology, Stream Ecology
Dr. Mollie McIntosh, Biology Dept., Xavier University – Wetland
Invertebrate Metrics
Dr. Rich Merritt, Entomology Dept., MSU – Aquatic Entomology, Stream Ecology
Dr. Don Uzarski, Biology Dept., Central Michigan University. –
Environmental Chemistry
Staff from the Michigan DEQ Water Quality Division – Fish and
macroinvertebrate identification, use of current state and federal
bioindices of water quality



*About KBS*
KBS is a world renowned research facility with expertise in ecology,
evolution, and sustainable agriculture.  We also maintain vibrant
conservation and education programs as well as a thriving conference
center.  Each summer over 50 undergraduates from around the country live at
KBS for courses, internships, and research.  KBS encompasses over 3,000
acres and includes the KBS Bird Sanctuary, KBS Long-term Ecological
Research Site, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Experimental Pond
Lab, Lux Arbor Reserve, KBS Farm and Pasture Dairy.   For more information
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