Assessment Associates (WAA) is an environmental consulting and
education firm located in Schenectady, NY. WAA has been providing
stream biology and taxonomy services to state and county agencies,
environmental organizations, institutions, and private consulting
companies since 1998.
WAA also offers
environmental educational services to students, volunteers, environmental
organizations, and environmental professionals. The Lotic
Scene Investigation program provides college students
with training and experience in biomonitoring research. WAA is
the founder of, and consultant to, the Environmental
Study Team, a youth development program for middle and
high school students. The company also offers regular educational
workshops in biomonitoring, macroinvertebrate taxonomy, and related
provides complete stream biomonitoring and benthic macroinvertebrate
taxonomy services and is equipped with appropriate collecting
nets, GPS units, mobile mapping units, Hydro Lab and YSI multi-probes,
digital cameras, Lecia, Nikon, and Swift dissecting and compound
microscopes (including bright-field, dark-field, and phase contrast),
fiber optic lighting sources, all necessary equipment for benthic
macroinvertebrate taxonomy, and an extensive library of appropriate
aquatic keys and references.
and benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomy are performed by Society
for Freshwater Science (SFS) certified taxonomists.
Murphy is the owner of Watershed Assessment Associates. She manages
the company's daily operations and personnel. She is also the
company's senior scientific editor, writing or reviewing scientific
documents produced by WAA. She oversees educational services,
develops educational programs and seminars, and teaches at the
company's environmental workshops.
Mr. J. Kelly
Nolan, a Senior Aquatic Taxonomist and the Director of Environmental
Services. He manages all environmental field operations and oversees
taxonomy services. He is an SFS certified eastern and western
Group 2 (EPT) and eastern and western Group 3 (Chironomidae) taxonomist.
He is also the course coordinator and an instructor for the annual
Aquatic Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification Program. Mr.
Nolan has over 15 years of aquatic biology and taxonomy experience.
Fishel, a Senior Aquatic Taxonomist. Chris is responsible for
macroinvertebrate identification, laboratory organization, maintenance
of the WAA reference collection, and field collection. Chris studied
under Dr. Barbara Peckarsky, and is an SFS certified taxonomist
in eastern and western Group 1 (General Arthropods) and eastern
and western Group 2 (EPT) and Group 4 (Oligochaeta).