The aquatic ecology group provides education and training for water quality monitoring. The training introduces students to standard EPA approved water quality methods and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP). Training courses instruct students on how to conduct water quality sampling, testing, and data recording with special attention to quality assurance. Water quality training includes data collection and analysis of dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, conductivity, and bioassessment using benthic macroinvertebrates.
Since 2002, we have provided training to tribal environmental coordinators conducting surface water quality monitoring in rural Alaska. Working with partners in the Bristol Bay and Norton Sound regions, we provide hands-on training for basic physio-chemical and biological (invertebrates) monitoring. We provide both introductory and recertification classes, where participants demonstrate proficiency in calibrating instruments, collecting data, performing quality control analysis, and managing databases.