Abbie Clasgens

Macroinvertebrate Taxonomist

EnviroScience Macroinvertebrate Taxonomist Abbie Clasgens

Abbie Clasgens, BS, currently serves as a Macroinvertebrate Taxonomist in the Aquatic Biology Lab and has worked with EnviroScience since May 2023. In the lab, Abbie focuses on sorting and identifying macroinvertebrate samples for a variety of projects. While in the field, she has assisted with both quantitative and qualitative macroinvertebrate samples.

Abbie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources with a minor in Conservation Ecology at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Throughout her time at WVU, she assisted with macroinvertebrate identification and curation for a variety of projects with habitats ranging from degraded urban streams to wetlands to small, high-elevation trout streams. Additionally, she worked in the WVU Big River Initiative Lab, where she collected and sorted larval fish samples from the Ohio River to monitor the spread of invasive carp. In her last year of school, Abbie served as the president of WVU’s student subchapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Abbie holds taxonomic certifications through the Society of Freshwater Science (SFS) for Eastern Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, & Trichoptera (EPT) and Eastern General Arthropods. She holds a boater safety certification through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and she is working on obtaining QHEI and HHEI certifications through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Before her time at West Virginia University, Abbie spent four years as a whitewater rafting guide on the New and Gauley Rivers in WV, where she discovered her love of aquatic insects and water conservation. In addition to guiding, Abbie also paddled competitively both nationally and internationally with the USA Raft Team. When she’s not working, Abbie enjoys paddling, fly fishing, and exploring trails around the area either by foot or by bike.

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