Sampling Streams for Benthic Invertebrates

I made this picture of Paola Ferreri, associate professor of fisheries management (left) and Brianna Hutchison, recent M.S. graduate in Wildlife and Fisheries Management, at the former McCoy Dam site on Spring Creek just upstream from Milesburg, Pennsylvania. They are interested in the ecological changes that occur when a dam is removed. Sampling for benthic invertebrates (I had to ask), let's call them aquatic insects that live on the streambed, is just one way to get a picture of stream health.

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