As part of our goal to bring the application of sound science to environmental and natural resource management, MBI offers a number of training courses aimed at professional scientists and citizen groups alike. MBI addresses today's aquatic resource monitoring and assessment challenges with its recognized experience in solving difficult conservation problems. MBI has conducted technically intensive personalized trainings for agencies and other entities for many years, and offers a wide range of high quality courses for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in aquatic resource ecology and evaluation. We offer courses that deliver training of the highest level and believe that when environmental and conservation professionals are fully informed, better decisions about the wise use of resources are made possible.
MBI's educational offerings cover many aspects of wetland, stream, and river monitoring and bioassessment, including courses that provide certification as Level 2 and Level 3 Qualified Data Collectors. We also offer personalized training to meet your organization’s unique needs.
ORAM is used in Ohio's wetland permitting program to categorize wetlands for permit reviews but is primarily an excellent rapid assessment tool for determining wetland ecological condition.
Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI) and National Wetland Condition Assessment Vegetation Monitoring Protocols training to prepare attendees for their field wetland assessment work.
Knowledge of common wetland plants is a basic requirement of many of the duties involved in the wetland profession and associated fields.
The AmphIBI is a bioassessment method that uses amphibians as indicators of wetland ecological condition.
Wetlands are restored for a number of reasons. Often wetlands are reestablished voluntarily in an effort to reclaim important ecosystem services and floral and faunal biodiversity. Another common reason wetlands are restored is as compensation for wetland losses authorized by dredge and fill permits.
Wetland Delineation is a process that requires an adequate knowledge of the hydrologic, soil and plant characteristics of wetlands to determine which parts of the landscape are wetlands and how to define their boundaries.
Aimed at those who want to learn to identify wetlands but do not have the need to collect the large amounts of specific data necessary to establish and support the exact wetland boundaries needed in wetland permitting processes.
The Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) course trains individuals in the use of a set of methods designed to assess the ecological condition of smaller streams.
The Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI) was developed at Ohio EPA in the 1980's as a habitat assessment to accompany the bioassessments conducted in stream and rivers throughout Ohio.
Fish are widely used by federal, state, and local governments as a key biological assemblage to monitor river and stream health. MBI offers instructional training in the concepts, methods, and applications of fish assemblage data to environmental monitoring and assessment.
Three-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 2 QDC status.
Four-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 3 QDC status for macroinvertebrate collection and data analysis only.
Five-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 3 QDC status for macroinvertebrate sampling and identification.
The collection of water samples is an important component of the monitoring of rivers, streams, and lakes. MBI offers training in the collection and handling of water samples and taking field measurements of physical parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and pH using field meters.