California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Aquatic Biological Assement

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Taxonomy

The ABL currently employs six taxonomists, most of whom have had graduate-level training in the taxonomy and ecology of freshwater invertebrates. They provide the taxonomic expertise required to support biomonitoring efforts throughout the state, and together have over 40 years of experience in identification of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Our experience extends well beyond the boundaries of California. Several of our staff members are former employees of the National Water Quality Assessment Lab in Denver, and have considerable experience in identification of benthic macroinvertebrates from all of North America. Andrew Rehn is a world specialist in the order Odonata (dragonflies).

Standard Taxonomic Effort

Digital Reference Collection

SAFIT (Southwestern Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists)

Personnel