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 sicentific 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.

Latest from the Team

Where are Ohio's Vernal Pool Amphibians in Winter?

Where are Ohio's Vernal Pool Amphibians in Winter?

It is winter, very cold, snow covers the ground, and ice is on lakes, streams, ponds, and wetlands, including vernal pools.

January 22nd, 2018
Mick N. Micacchion

Upcoming Events

Vernal Pool Workshop – Southwest Ohio
Vernal Pool Workshop – Southwest Ohio March 24th, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Brukner Nature Center
5995 Horseshoe Bend Road
Troy, OH

The morning starts with indoor presentations on the history of the Ohio Vernal Pool Network, ecology, macroinvertebrates, amphibians, and flora followed by a light vegetarian lunch. After lunch we will hear about data collection and collaboration, and finally visit and explore vernal pools near by. Please dress for the weather. The workshop fee includes morning refreshments, a vegetarian lunch, and a copy of Ohio's Hidden Wonders: A Guide to Animals and Plants of Vernal Pools.​  Click Here for more information.  

Earth Day Opportunities
Earth Day Opportunities April 14th - 21st

There are so many opportunities to help out this Earth Day!  Check out the following events for some good ideas:

Confluence Park Riverbank and Bike Trail Cleanup on April 14th.

Columbus Audubon Green Lawn Workday on April 14th.

Kossuth Street Garden Earth Day Celebration on April 21st.

Check back soon for more great ideas!



EcoWeekend 2018
EcoWeekend 2018 May 4th, 2018

Eco-Weekend is from May 4 - 6 this year.  This fun and informative event offers a variety of programs about birds, animals, arts and crafts, wildflowers, astronomy, nature, and much more. Activities for ages 5 to 105.  Visit the Columbus Audubon website or go directly to Eco Weekend for more information or to register.

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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MBI Celebrates 20 Years !!

by Pete Precario

It may be hard to believe but this month, September 2017, marks MBI’s 20th Anniversary. I remember well filing the papers to make MBI official. It seems like only yesterday – well, Ok, it actually seems like 20 years ago - but the time has flown by.

Through lots of hard work our teams of dedicated people have not only kept MBI operating, but they have laid a foundation for all that has followed. Since the beginning, MBI has been dedicated to using quality science as the basis for our work and our education efforts. We have done tons of assessments on rivers, streams and wetlands, have written and developed water quality standards for states, and have provided quality training to numerous people.

We are proud of the work we’ve done over these 20 years and remain dedicated to the same belief that with the application of good science and common sense we can produce great improvements to our environment and to our world.

Ohio Vernal Pool Network Activities

The Ohio Vernal Pool Network (OVPN) (previously the Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership), is a collaborative effort organized by the Ohio Wetlands Association (OWA) and the Midwest Biodiversity Institute (MBI), with a growing network of affiliates. Its purpose is to provide educational resources, opportunities and experiences to further the understanding, protection and enjoyment of Ohio’s hidden wonders found in the precious seasonal wetlands we call Vernal Pools.

The 2017 workshops were a great success, with record attendance of nearly 120 people overall.  The follow-up expeditions were also well attended, and are a great way to see what is going on in the pools later in the season. The OVPN has two workshops in March of 2018 to provide informative and enjoyable orientations to the constellation of wetland gems across Ohio’s landscapes. 

To learn more about the Ohio Vernal Pool Network, visit our new website at https://www.ohiovernalpoolnetwork.org/.

To register for a workshop, click on the button below.

On behalf of the Ohio Vernal Pool Network, MBI would like to thank the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Environmental Education Fund for their support.