Matthew T Barbour

I am currently working on and researching zebra mussel control and remediation measures.  This research includes non-target species impacts. Apart from my work at USGS, I am currently pursuing a master's degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  My thesis research is focused on modeling organic carbon burial in freshwater impoundments incorporating GIS driven data.


Research Interests

I am interested in researching dreissinid mussels and their impacts on the ecosystem, ultimately tying together my professional work at USGS with my thesis work in grauduate school. Currently I am aiding in research into dreissinid mussel control primarily focused on understanding the relationship of physical parameters (e.g. temperature) and toxicity of different chemical compounds to zebra mussels.


Master of Science – Biology                                         Anticipated December 2018

     Emphasis: Aquatic Science        

     University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

     Thesis: Modeling organic carbon burial in freshwater impoundments

Bachelor of Science - Geography (Cum Laude)                                       May 2012

     Emphasis: Physical/Environmental Geography

     University of Wisconsin – Whitewater


Professional Experience       

Biologist (GS-0401-07)                                                         June 2016 to Present

     USGS-UMESC – La Crosse, WI

  • Responsible for test animal husbandry
  • Collect water quality data (alkalinity, hardness, pH, DO, etc.)
  • Perform good laboratory practices (GLPs) daily
  • Aid in statistical analysis including regression (Statistical Software R)
  • Write standard operating procedures for equipment and techniques
  • Accountable for upkeep of digital study logbooks and databases
  • Perform literature review
  • Operate government owned vehicles and equipment
  • Responsible for biosecurity measures
  • Design and construct test systems (flow through and recirculating)
  • Otherwise support principal investigators in conducting studies


Water Quality Laboratory Teaching Assistant               January 2017 to May 2017

     UW – La Crosse Department of Biology

  • Instructed 13 students on standard methods in water quality testing
  • Taught quality assurance and quality control techniques
  • Educated students on chain of custody practices
  • Taught standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines and conception
  • Prepare reagents and equipment for various tests
  • Helped students learn experimental design and statistical analysis
  • APHA Methods included:
    • 2120 C Color
    • 2130 B Turbidity
    • 2540 C Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
    • 2540 D Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
    • 2510 B Conductivity
    • 2340 C Hardness
    • 4500-H+ B pH
    • 2320 B Alkalinity
    • 4500-O C Dissolved Oxygen (Winkler Titration)
    • 4500-P E Soluble Reactive Phosphorus (SRP)
    • 4500-NH3 F Ammonium
    • 4500-NO3- E Cadmium Reduction for Nitrate+Nitrite
    • 5210 B Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) 5-day Test


Biological Science Aide                                                      May 2015 to June 2016

     USGS-UMESC – La Crosse, WI

  • Collected biological and water chemistry data daily
  • Performed laboratory analysis of biological samples
  • Operated pH, dissolved oxygen, ammonia, and conductivity meters
  • Conducted good laboratory practices (GLP) daily
  • Maintained biosecurity measures
  • Measured and make laboratory solutions
  • Maintained a clean and organized laboratory
  • Operated government owned vehicles
  • Wrote a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a new instrument
  • Conducted literature reviews and other queries for research projects
  • Performed test-organism husbandry tasks daily


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern                  March 2015 to May 2015

     USGS-UMESC – La Crosse, WI

  • Generated quality map products
  • Produced and tabulated large volumes of geospatial data
  • Software: ESRI ArcGIS 10.x


GIS Laboratory Assistant                                               January 2012 to May 2012

     UW-Whitewater Geography and Geology Department – Whitewater, WI

  • Assisted professor instructing 38 students
  • Taught geospatial and cartographic principles
  • Troubleshot and proofread 15 lab modules
  • Maintained 45 computers, 4 printers, and GPS hardware
  • Software: ESRI ArcGIS 10.x and 9.x


Squad Leader, US Army                                                March 2003 to March 2012

     Rank: Staff Sergeant (E-6)

     Occupational Specialty: Combat Engineer (21B30)

  • Operation Enduring Freedom Combat Veteran (2005-06 and 2010-11)
  • Directly lead and instructed 15-30 US Soldiers daily
  • Accountable for mission readiness of $2 million of equipment
  • Collected data and observations on mission for reports and planning
  • Trained and mentored 80 Afghan National Army Soldiers
  • Trained 200 US Soldiers on route clearance operations in Afghanistan
  • Assisted in planning and coordinating US-Afghan operations
  • Conducted reconnaissance and mission planning