Midwest Biodiversity Institute

MBI offers specialized expertise in aquatic and terrestrial biological assessment, monitoring, and technical evaluation. Our goal is to assist our clients toward better management, restoration, protection, and improvement of our nation’s natural resources. MBI also offers specialized training in aquatic resource ecology, evaluation, and restoration, as well as personalized training to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations.

What We Do

The Midwest Biodiversity Institute is a scientific research and education non-profit organization.  We are dedicated to the development and application of sicentific methods and techniques to evaluate, protect and restore the environment.

MBI specializes in aquatic resource management by performing bioassessments of rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands, as well as botanical, crayfish, and herpetological surveys. We place special emphasis on the development of high-quality comprehensive monitoring and assessment programs, and provide direct technical support and policy advice to all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and private groups. Through these efforts, we assist our clients toward better-informed decisions.

MBI provides technical training in aquatic resource monitoring and assessment methods. We also offer programs that reach out to the public with valuable hands-on learning and field experiences that create an awareness of our natural resources. Driving all of our work is our belief that, by using the best scientific methods, we can accomplish significant improvements in our environment and ensure a legacy of clean water for future generations.

2017 Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership Activities

The Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership (OVPP) is a collaborative effort focused on education and conservation of Ohio’s vernal pools. The OVPP is managed and organized by the Ohio Wetlands Association (OWA) and the Midwest Biodiversity Institute (MBI), and has a growing group of participating partners. The OVPP offers two workshops each spring to provide an informative and enjoyable overview of these germs within Ohio’s landscapes. The OWA currently handles registration, and don’t forget, as an OWA member, you will receive a discount on your registration fee.

The 2017 workshops were a great success, with nearly 120 people attending.  

Don't forget our Follow-Up Expeditions on May 13th and May 21st! Experience the activity and amazing diversity later in the season in the unique environment of vernal pools. There will be off-trail hiking and wet trail conditions; wear boots or waders for best protection.

May 13th, from 10 AM - Noon - Join Mick Micacchion and others from MBI to visit the vernal pools of Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve, 1501 Taylor Station Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230.  We will meet in the parking lot for a presentation, then take the short hike to the pools.

May 21st, from 1 - 4 PM - Join Ray Stewart of OWA, and Western Land Conservancy.  Meet at the Ashland County Park District, Hurdle Waterfowl Park parking lot, at 297 Township Road 581, Sullivan, OH  44880. 

For more information, visit the OWA website Events Tab and go to Field Trips. To register (free of charge), visit the OWA website by clicking on the button below.

The Ohio Vernal Pool Partnership would like to thank the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for their support.

MBI's Educational Training Program

MBI's educational offerings cover many aspects of wetland, stream, and river monitoring and bioassessment, including courses that provide certification as Level 2 and Level 3 Qualified Data Collectors. We also offer personalized training to meet your organization’s unique needs.

MBI's Education Philosophy

As part of our goal to bring the application of sound science to environmental and natural resource management, MBI offers a number of training courses aimed at professional scientists and citizen groups alike. MBI addresses today's aquatic resource monitoring and assessment challenges with its recognized experience in solving difficult conservation problems. MBI has conducted technically intensive personalized trainings for agencies and other entities for many years, and offers a wide range of high quality courses for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in aquatic resource ecology and evaluation. We offer courses that deliver training of the highest level and believe that when environmental and conservation professionals are fully informed, better decisions about the wise use of resources are made possible.

Latest Education News

We have set the 2017 training calendar, and are in the process of scheduling courses.  Visit the training tab to see what's available.