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Daniel Symonds

Aquatic Ecologist

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Dan is an aquatic ecologist specializing in malacology—the study of mollusks—whose clients include state and local governments, watershed planning groups, and nongovernmental organizations. He is also experienced with fish surveying, macroinvertebrate sampling and identification, and eDNA sampling.

Permitted to survey for federally listed freshwater mussels, Dan currently holds state collecting permits in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, and Texas but has also surveyed for mussels in Wisconsin, New York, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Virginia. He currently serves as one of Stantec’s three federally permitted lead malacologists, responsible for onsite survey operations, data collection, and mussel identification at sites throughout the United States—on projects ranging from single site headwater bridge replacements to multi-day, multi-site surveys on the Ohio River.

Dan’s hobbies outside of work include woodworking, hunting, and scuba diving in waters that aren’t turbid and full of broken bottles.

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