Midwest Biodiversity Institute

MBI offers specialized expertise in aquatic and terrestrial
biological assessment, monitoring, and technical evaluation.
Our goal is to assist our clients toward better management,
restoration, protection, and improvement of
our nation’s natural resources.

What We Do

The Midwest Biodiversity Institute is a scientific research and education non-profit organization.  We are dedicated to the development and application of scientific methods and techniques to evaluate, protect and restore the environment.

MBI specializes in aquatic resource management by performing bioassessments of rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands, as well as botanical, crayfish, and herpetological surveys. We place special emphasis on the development of high-quality comprehensive monitoring and assessment programs, and provide direct technical support and policy advice to all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and private groups. Through these efforts, we assist our clients toward better-informed decisions.

MBI provides technical training in aquatic resource monitoring and assessment methods. We also offer programs that reach out to the public with valuable hands-on learning and field experiences that create an awareness of our natural resources. Driving all of our work is our belief that, by using the best scientific methods, we can accomplish significant improvements in our environment and ensure a legacy of clean water for future generations.

Publications

Freshwater Mussels in the Midwest - Part 1

Freshwater Mussels in the Midwest - Part 1

Are the mussels in this photo just “living rocks?” Or are they perhaps excellent indicators of the long-term health of our streams and rivers?

June 1st, 2020
Anthony Sasson
Species Spotlight: Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle

Species Spotlight: Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle

The Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) native range is as far west as Montana in the Missouri River drainage to as far east as eastern New York and as far south as Mexico.

March 30th, 2020
Matt Sarver
Watershed Monitoring and Bioassessment Plan for the Milwaukee River Basin

Watershed Monitoring and Bioassessment Plan for the Milwaukee River Basin

Developing a watershed-based monitoring and biological assessment Plan for the Milwaukee River Basin and adjoining MMSD service area watersheds.

January 30th, 2020

Ecological Assessment Courses

MBI's Educational Training Program course offerings cover many aspects of wetland, stream, and river monitoring and bioassessment, including courses that provide certification as Level 2 and Level 3 Qualified Data Collectors. We also offer personalized training to meet your organization’s unique needs.

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Videos

Vernal Pool WorkShop (2017)

Vernal Pool WorkShop (2017)

The Vernal Pool Workshops are joint projects of Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership; The Midwest Biodiversity Institute and The Ohio Wetlands Association.

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MBI LabTime Ep1 : Good Bugs Equals Good Water Quality

MBI LabTime Ep1 : Good Bugs Equals Good Water Quality

The Midwest Biodiversity Institute is starting a video series to share some of the science we use on a daily basis. We would like you the public to come join us and perhaps even learn something interesting.

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Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands

Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands

ORAM is used in Ohio's wetland permitting program to categorize wetlands for permit reviews but is primarily an excellent rapid assessment tool for determining wetland ecological condition. ORAM has served as a model for many other rapid wetland assessments that are in use across the United States.

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