Water Science Careers: Aquatic Entomology

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Kelly McIntyre describes her work as an aquatic entomology staff scientist at Stroud™ Water Research Center.


My name is Kelly McIntyre and I’m an aquatic entomology technician at Stroud Water Research Center.

In the spring we’ll go out into the field and collect samples of bugs from the stream and then we’ll bring them back to process. Throughout the rest of the year we’ll be in the lab, taking the bugs out of those samples and identifying them, which will give you an idea of how polluted a stream is or not. From there you can go and do restoration projects in the stream to help repair the quality of water there over time.

I worked for the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring at Dickinson College during undergrad, which was my big introduction to field of aquatics. I have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, and then right from undergrad I started as an intern here. I worked from May until January as an intern and then was hired full time.

The best part of my job is actually working with something that I feel really passionate about and getting to go outside. Loving what I do and loving working with the people that I get to work with is really awesome.