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BEES Seminar: What Do the Bugs Say? Investigating Water Pollution Problems Using Insects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Will Bouchard, PhD, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


Aquatic insects often have the reputation for being transmitters of diseases, of being creepy or disgusting, or they are simply ignored.  However, aquatic insects are great indicators of the health of streams, lakes, and wetlands and many states and tribes use them to identify water pollution issues.  This seminar will explore the diversity of aquatic insects and how that information can be integral to the protection and restoration of our waters.

For more information, see: MPCA – water; biological monitoring of water in Minnesota; stream monitoring: aquatic invertebrates.

About: Will Bouchard received his MA (2002) in entomology from the University of Kansas and his PhD (2007) in entomology from the University of Minnesota. He taught at Hamline University as an adjunct professor during 2007. Bouchard then held a post-doctoral position at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia working on the development of biomonitoring methods in Mongolia. In 2008, he started a position at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) as a research scientist. 

His work at the MPCA includes coordinating the implementation of a tiered aquatic life use (TALU) framework and the development of water quality standards to protect aquatic biota and water quality. 

Research Interests: Bouchard’s research interests include the taxonomy and ecology of aquatic invertebrates and their use in biological assessments and monitoring. He has also been interested in the ecology and biology of winter-active aquatic insects and the cold-hardiness mechanisms these species use during Minnesota winters. In addition, he is also involved in research on the taxonomy and ecology of Chironomidae (North America, Mongolia) and the development of identification materials for aquatic invertebrates.