Taxonomic Certification Committee

With the approval of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), the Taxonomic Certification Committee (TCC) will develop policies, standards, and procedures regarding taxonomic certification. The TCC is an SFS standing committee consisting of a chair, a co-chair, and up to nine other members.

The TCC selects a Taxonomic Program Coordinator to implement and manage the Taxonomic Certification Program. The Coordinator functions under the TCC’s supervision but is not a committee member. The Coordinator must be a member of SFS in good standing.

The TCC will be directly responsible for ensuring that the Coordinator executes all duties as identified.

Committee Members

  • Bernard Sweeney, Ph.D. (chair), distinguished research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center.
  • Michael Floyd, fish and wildlife biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • Gary Lester, chief executive officer, EcoAnalysts, Inc.
  • Richard Mitchell, Ph.D., biologist; technical lead for the National Rivers and Streams Assessment; Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Tony Roux, senior environmental specialist, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
  • Andrew Short, Ph.D., curator, Division of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum; associate professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas.
  • Sarah Spaulding, Ph.D., aquatic ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • James (Sam) Stribling, Ph.D., director, Integrated Ecological Assessments, Tetra Tech, Inc., Center for Ecological Sciences.
  • Mark Wetzel, aquatic oligochaetologist/macroinvertebrate zoologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.