The success of any environmental assessment project involving standard methods and procedures is directly dependent on the quality of training provided to staff doing the work. Seasonal operations like surface water quality sampling usually require training cycles every year to accommodate employee seasonality and to stay current with safety protocols, research methods, and operating procedures.  The principal research staff at GLEC are highly experienced at designing and delivering training programs for workshop, classroom, and webinar settings. GLEC staff are not only expert at direct training of field crews and environmental technicians, but we have over 15 years of experience conducting “train the trainer” sessions for the National Aquatic Surveys program in order to create a larger pool of qualified instructors to teach state, contractor, and tribal crews throughout the U.S. GLEC also assists clients with the development of Quality Assurance Project Plans, standard operating manuals, and quick reference guides that are introduced in presented in training and applied to field and laboratory investigations.

Field Services



Jamie Saxton

Principal Research Scientist
Phone: 231-525-0514


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.

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GLEC's Columbus, OH laboratory is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment for Acute Toxicity and Chronic Toxicity testing.



Great Lakes Environmental Center

739 Hastings Street
Traverse City, MI   49686

Phone: (231) 941-2230
Fax: (231) 941-2240