MAD Scientist Associates is pleased to announce that Mark has successfully completed the renewal process to maintain his Level 3 Qualified Data Collector status with the Ohio EPA for fish studies and Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index(QHEI) assessments. In the fall of 2016, Mark and staff members Aaron Laver and Jacob Zink sampled a reach on the Olentangy River and two reaches on adjacent tributaries. This sampling effort was performed in collaboration with the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), and Joe Bevan, FLOW volunteer extraordinaire, assisted with a significant portion of the field work (thanks, Joe!)
The waterways assessed in the study were sampled using an electrofisher unit that temporarily stuns fish for ease of capture. An Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) and QHEI score was then calculated for each site (as well as a Modified Index of Well-being, MIWb, for the mainstem Olentangy). A summary of his findings and a link to the report can be found on FLOW’s website. The current list of Ohio EPA QDCs is available HERE. Mark’s certification will be valid through February 2020. Staff member Mary Skapof is a Level 2 QDC for invertebrate studies, as well. If you need credible fish, invertebrate or QHEI data for your next project, we would welcome the opportunity to assist you!