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.

Biography

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.

Education

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