River Course 161: Introduction to Taxonomy and Pollution Ecology of Aquatic Insects
About the Workshop
Benthic macroinvertebrate larvae (aquatic insects) play key roles in many regulatory water quality programs in North Carolina. Not only are these insects used to detect water pollution problems, but are also used to determine if streams are perennial features, and are proposed for use in stream restoration projects as success criteria. Despite the value of this group of organisms in North Carolina’s regulatory programs, very little is known about these bugs. This workshop will introduce the participants to the basic ecology and taxonomy of aquatic insects. We will spend most of the time learning family level identification of mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies (or EPT); however, other groups also will be discussed.
Who Should Attend
This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:
- Environmental Professionals
- Landscape Architects
- Natural Resource Program Managers
Government/Non-Profit Fee – $375.00
Regular Fee – $475.00
Optional Book Purchase – Larvae of the Southeastern USA Mayfly, Stonefly, and Caddisfly Species – $40.00
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of your registration fee. Or you may send us a check made payable to NCSU – BAE. Mail to:
Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Christina Shepard
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellation requests should be sent to email@example.com for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least seven (7) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made within seven (7) days of the workshop are ineligible for a refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a substitution.
Venue and Lodging
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (AB Tech)
340 Victoria Road
Four Points by Sheraton, 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801 – 828-253-1851
Other Area Hotels:
- Clarion Inn Biltmore Village – 828-274-0101
- Baymont Inn – 828-274-2022
- Double Tree Biltmore – 828-274-1800
Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules may vary from class to class.
What to Bring
Participants will be asked to collect specimens from streams and should bring the following materials with them to each day of the workshop:
- Field gear, waders/boots for field trips
- Collection Gear (i.e. sweep nets)
Optional materials to bring include:
- Rain gear
Participants will have the opportunity to build reference collections. In preparation for the workshop, the following reference materials are recommended:
- An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America by R.W. Merritt and K.W. Cummins, Kendall/Hunt Publishing
- Aquatic Insects and Oligochaetes of North and South Carolina by A.R. Brigham, W.R. Brigham and A. Gnilka, Midwest Aquatic Enterprises.
Dave Penrose is a biologist with NCSU Water Quality Group. Dave formerly worked for the N.C. Division of Water Quality (DWQ) in Raleigh, N.C. for 27 years, spending most of his career with the Biological Assessment Group where he was responsible for assessing water quality using aquatic insects as indicators of point and non-point source pollution. More recently he has worked with the 401 Certification Unit and has developed criteria to assess the ecological functions of stream restoration projects. Mr. Penrose was also responsible for determining intermittent and perennial stream systems. He has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University and a M.S. from University of Michigan.