Mike has worked as a field research technician and field crew leader since joining GLEC in 2001. Since 2011, he has worked as a full-time contract employee for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division based in Lansing, Michigan. At MDEQ Mike has participated in a wide range of water quality and aquatic ecology assessment programs, including the EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys, the Michigan Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program, and recent State efforts to measure PFAS contamination in Michigan surface waters. He is an accomplished macroinvertebrate taxonomist and is expert at specialized field methods such as electrofishing and rapid bioassessment procedures. Mike holds a B.S. in Biology (Aquatic Sciences) from Grand Valley State University.
GLEC operates one of only a few U.S. laboratories accredited for whole sediment toxicity testing. GLEC also maintains NELAP accreditation for chlorophyll and nutrient chemistry testing.