Work History

Freshwater Benthic Services, Inc. has worked as a consultant to many federal and state agencies and consulting firms since 1986.

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency:  Quality Control Taxonomist for Wadable Streams Assessment program, National Lakes Assessment program, National Rivers and Streams Assessment program, Western EMAP program (Chironomidae)
  • United States Geological Survey (Leetown Science Center, WV)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station, MS
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States Forest Services (Ochoco National Forest, OR)
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, MI
  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Protection
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Metropolitan Sanitary District of Chicago
  • Alabama Power Company
  • Little Traverse Bay of Odawa Indians, MI
  • Maliseet Indian Nation (Houlton Band), ME
  • Penobscot Indian Nation, ME
  • numerous consulting firms

From 1973 through mid-1986, Michael Winnell worked as a taxonomist and laboratory supervisor for the Great Lakes Research Division at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, supervising field collection of samples and laboratory processing of samples collected from the Great Lakes.  He was responsible for identification of specimens collected, data entry and analyses, data presentation and writing of reports summarizing and interpreting results, and the construction and maintenance of an on-going reference collection.

Presently, Freshwater Benthic Services, Inc. has constructed and maintains eight on-going reference collections for some of the agencies noted above as well as maintaining its own reference collection.