Aquatic Ecology

Northern Bioscience has a team of experienced aquatic ecologists who can deliver services for stream, river, and lake environments.


We can provide the following:

  • field sampling of aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates (benthos) in streams, river, and lake environments using use of standardized protocols e.g., Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN), Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN)
  • odonate (dragonfly and damselfly) surveys and monitoring for hydroelectric or other projects, including Species at Risk such as Rapids Clubtail, Riverine Clubtail, Laura‚Äôs Clubtail, and Pygmy Snaketail
  • use of in-house sampling equipment e.g., D-net, Surber sampler, petite ponar grab, Hess sampler, georeferenced underwater video system
  • mapping and characterization of aquatic habitats e.g., Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)
  • extraction and identification of macroinvertebrates to lowest practical level, typically to family/genus, including chironomids (midges) and oligochaetes (worms) identification of odonate exuviae (we have identified 8000+ exuviae from ON, MB, QC rivers)
  • multivariate data analyses of benthic communities to assess potential impacts and impairment
  • workshops and training on using benthic macroinvertebrates for monitoring stream health

Representative Clients

Our clients have included:

  • Environment Canada
  • Hydroelectric Industry e.g.,
    • Brookfield Power (sub to Hatch Ltd.)
    • HydroOmega Services Inc. (sub to Hatch Ltd.)
    • Namewaminikan Hydro / Axor Group Inc.
    • Ontario Power Generation
    • Pic Mobert Hydro Inc.
    • Regional Power Inc.
    • The Power Limited Partnership
    • Xeneca Power Development Inc.
  • Mining Industry e.g.,
    • Environ
    • Goldstone Resources (sub to exp Services Inc.)
    • Harte Gold Inc.
    • New Gold / Rainy river Resources (sub to Klohn Crippen Berger)
    • North American Palladium Ltd.
    • Treasury Metals Inc.
  • Municipalities e.g., City of Thunder Bay
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural resources and Forestry