Brian Carlson

Senior Scientist / Aquatic Biologist

Brian is an environmental professional working out of EnviroScience’s West Virginia office, who specializes in stream and river ecosystems, specifically benthic macroinvertebrates, fish, and freshwater mussels throughout Appalachia, the Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions. He has experience in managing projects from start to finish, including project budget development, client relations, agency correspondence, leading field crews, mussel surveys and relocations, data management and analysis, and report writing. Brian is a SFS (formerly NABS) certified benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomist for EPT and Chironomidae genera. In addition, he holds a Federal Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Permit (TE41671D – 0) for mussels including: Cumberlandia monodonta, Cyprogenia stegaria, Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua, Epioblasma obliquata obliquata, Epioblasma triquetra, Lampsilis orbiculata (=L. abrupta), Obovaria retusa, Plethobasus cooperianus, Plethobasus cyphyus, Pleurobema plenum, Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica, and Villosa fabalis. He is also a USFWS Approved Surveyor for the federally threatened Big Sandy Crayfish (Cambarus callainus) and federally endangered Guyandotte River Crayfish (Cambarus veteranus).

  • Federal Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Permit (TE41671D – 0)
  • USFWS Approved Surveyor for Big Sandy Crayfish and Guyandotte River Crayfish
  • Society for Freshwater Science Certified Genus Level Taxonomist (EPT East & North American Chironomidae)
  • State Qualified Freshwater Mussel Surveyor in West Virginia and Ohio
  • Certified Benthic Macroinvertebrate Taxonomist – Maryland Department of Natural Resources – MBSS
  • Certified Benthic Macroinvertebrate Processing – Maryland Department of Natural Resources – MBSS
  • Ohio EPA Qualified Data Collector Level II Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI)
  • PADI Certified Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Rescue SCUBA Diver
  • American Heart Association CPR and First Aid
  • Scientific Collection Permits Held in IL, KY, MD, OH, PA, and WV

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