CWDD Offers Summer Macroinvertebrate Workshop for Educators

Declan McCabe, PhD, Professor of Biology at Saint Michael’s College and member of BREE, led a macroinvertebrate workshop for educators in his laboratory on July 19, 2017. The hands on workshop offered middle and high school instructors tools with which they could incorporate the study of aquatic ecosystems into their curricula.

Teachers from the Barnet School, Benson Village School, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, the Community Sailing Center, and the Lund Family Center completed the workshop. Teachers learned how to identify various macroinvertebrates using microscopes and received an introduction to the Vermont EPSCoR macroinvertebrate mobile app that has an extensive identification database.

Dr. McCabe holds annual macroinvertebrate workshops every summer and winter. The next workshop is scheduled to take place in December 2017. For more information, please contact the CWDD at (802) 654-3270 or

Professor Declan McCabe gives participants tips for incorporating macroinvertebrate lessons into their curricula

Macroinvertebrate workshop participants learn how to identify macro samples