Jeff Gring shocking 05 croppedEnvironmental Scientist

Years of Experience: 2

Education/Training

  • M.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Fisheries), 2015
  • B.S., Biology, minor in Environmental Studies, 2012
  • Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) Spring Sampling Training, 2016
  • MBSS Summer Sampling Training, 2016
  • Identification and Ecology of Freshwater Mussels Workshop, AMAAB, 2016
  • Freshwater Mussel Ecology and Identification Workshop, Illinois Natural History Survey, 2014
  • Midwestern Crayfish Identification Workshop, Illinois Natural History Survey, 2013
  • Fish Aging Workshop, Illinois Natural History Survey, 2013

Registrations/Certifications

  • MBSS Frog Call Test Qualify Score, 2016

Highlights of Experience

Jeff is an Environmental Scientist who performs natural resources analyses and assists with a variety of field studies.  His background research experience includes evaluating environmental influences on sport fish communities in lentic systems, as well as completing aquatic resource surveys related to environmental disturbances.  Jeff’s current responsibilities include assessments of aquatic environments and communities in the field, identification of fish and benthic macroinvertebrates, data analysis, and report preparation.  Highlights of Jeff’s experience include:

Field Studies

Performs a wide variety of field studies including:

  • fish, benthic macroinvertebrate, water quality, and aquatic habitat surveys
  • restoration-related fish relocations
  • assessment of physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of streams and watersheds and their response to management
  • installation and maintenance of water quality monitoring equipment
  • assists with wetland delineations, forest stand delineations, and rare plant and animal surveys
Water Quality and Biological Monitoring

Performs fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate identification:

  • utilizes Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) and EPA Rapid Bioassessment Protocol (RBP) methodologies to assess aquatic communities and habitats
  • conducts detailed analyses of water quality and biological data, including Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) and Physical Habitat Index (PHI) calculations to determine the overall health of aquatic systems
  • identifies fish and benthic macroinvertebrates to the family, genus, or species level, depending on the requirements of the project
  • prepares and assists in developing biological monitoring protocols and analysis tools to assess impacts of stream restorations on aquatic biota
Document Preparation
  • prepares technical reports for water quality and aquatic biomonitoring projects
  • provides water quality analyses on multi-year data to clients, regulatory agencies, and partnering firms
  • compiles and researches environmental data for technical reports, and assists senior staff with Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments and Small Watershed Action Plans