Society for Freshwater Science

Taxonomic Certification Program

The Society for Freshwater Science’s Taxonomic Certification Program (SFSTCP) is entering its second decade of being involved in benthic macroinvertebrate studies in North America. The certification program is seen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, as a valuable confirmation of taxonomic ability and is now a requirement by both governments of those who do contract work for them.

The accurate and precise identification and classification of organisms provides the foundation for biological investigations of the ecology of our freshwater systems, as well as the biomonitoring programs aimed at evaluating the environmental health of these systems.  Benthic macroinvertebrates are often used in these studies and the results depend on accurate identifications of the organisms present to yield credible ecological and reliable bio assessment results.

The objective of the Taxonomic Certification Program is to increase emphasis on routine and objective quality control (QC) and therefore improved quality of taxonomic data.

For more information on Society for Freshwater Science Taxonomic Certification Program please visit www.sfstcp.com or contact:

Gail Corkum
Administrative & Technical Support
Society for Freshwater Science
Taxonomic Certification Program
gail.corkum@acadiau.ca

Dr. Murray Colbo
Programme Coordinator
murray.colbo@acadiau.ca

 

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