Aquatic Insect Ecology for Environmental Professionals – Level 2

Michael Baker Intl and Penrose Environmental
September 12 – 15, 2021
Laurel Community Center, Madison County, NC

Aquatic insects (Benthic Macroinvertebrates) play key roles in many regulatory water quality programs in North Carolina and the Southeast.  These insects have been used by regulatory agencies to assess water pollution and trends in stream health since the mid-70’s.  Many metrics have been developed to make the use of these data effective and understandable to non-biologists. 

Benthic insects are proposed as tools for the determination of stream restoration effectiveness and project prioritization by regulatory agencies.  Despite the value of this group of organisms in regulatory programs, very little is generally known about these insects as valuable regulatory tools. 

This workshop series will introduce participants to the ecology and taxonomy of aquatic insects and focus on the EPT orders (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera).  We plan for this workshop to be primarily a field and laboratory exercise; however short lectures will be given each day on a range of topics.  The instructors will provide collecting gear and dissecting microscopes.

For those registrants who would like to become SFS (Society for Freshwater Science) certified for Eastern EPT genera, we will be offering a 20 image-collaged exam.  The fee for this exam is separate from the registration fee for the workshop.

Level 2 Workshop is Geared to Environmental Professionals

  • Local, State and Federal Aquatic Ecologists; Interagency Review Teams
  • Biologists with Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Faculty and Students with an Aquatic Emphasis
    • Managers with Citizen Science Programs

Venue and Lodging for the Level 2 Workshop

The level 2 workshop will be held at the Laurel Community Center in Shelton Laurel, NC (https://www.laurelcommunity ).  The Laurel Community Center is located on Shelton Laurel Creek, which is classified as an Outstanding Resource Water and has an extremely diverse benthic fauna “out the back door”.  We plan to also visit other streams in the immediate area as well. 

There are many options for places to stay in the Hot Springs area and can accommodate most budgets.  For travel and visitor information visit