Ecologist - Niswander Environmental, LLC
M.S. 1998 Aquatic Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S. 1997 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Professional Wetland Scientist #1733, Society of Wetland Scientists, 2007-present
Michigan State University, 2012 Great Lakes Leadership Academy, Emerging Leaders Program
MDNR Threatened/Endangered Species Permit Holder
Todd Losee has worked as a wetland, lakes and stream specialist/analyst for the past fifteen years with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). During his professional career with MDEQ, Todd coordinated the development and management of the General Permit and Minor Project categories for wetlands, lakes and streams, and Great Lake Submerged Lands regulations. Todd served as the state’s expert in wetland identification and oversees the DEQ’s Wetland Identification Program (WIP) and the development of the Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for wetlands (MiRAM). As a Wetlands Specialist, Todd trained and assisting DEQ field staff in wetland regulation and policy, provided assistance to DEQ field staff in permit review decisions, appropriate enforcement options, and interpretation of wetland, lake, and stream regulations, conducted compliance inspections, and initiated enforcement actions relating to wetlands, inland lakes, streams, and the great lakes protection. He had led many department management efforts including serving as the State expert in wetland identification procedures; serving as an expert witness in administrative, criminal and civil wetland court cases; and he has completed hundreds of wetland delineations in the State of Michigan particularly at some of the most technically difficult and controversial sites.
Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Department of Environmental Quality (2012)
Coordinated the State of Michigan Aquatic Invasive Species Council. Participated in the State of Michigan Aquatic Invasive Species Core Team. Developed a strategic management and control plan for Phragmites australis
Supervisor (acting), Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit, Water Resources Division, Department of Environmental Quality (2011)
Serve as acting Supervisor of the MDEQ Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit of the Water Resources Division. Managed 4 full time staff and 3 State contractors
Wetlands Specialist, Environmental Quality Specialist, Department of Environmental Quality (2003-2012)
Interacted with various stakeholders (e.g., Wetland Advisory Council, Drain Commissioners, Farm Bureau, Environmental Groups, and Legislative Staff). Lead project manager for establishing new permitting system for wetlands, lakes, streams, and Great Lakes. Managed the MDEQ Wetland Identification Program (WIP), and 1-3 contractors per year. Served as State expert in wetlands identification procedures. Provided wetland identification technical assistance for staff and contractors. Developed the Wetlands Function and Value Assessment Method for Michigan (MiRAM). Reviewed and developed wetland policy and staff guidance. Provided wetland, lakes and streams technical assistance for MDEQ field staff. Provided expert witness testimony in administrative, criminal, and civil wetland, lake, and stream court cases.
Environmental Quality Analyst, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (1999 – 2003)
Evaluated permit applications for potential impacts to wetlands, inland lakes, and streams. Assessed and delineated wetland boundaries on properties throughout southeast Michigan. Trained new staff in wetland, lakes, and streams regulatory procedures. Reviewed and analyzed proposed wetland mitigation and restoration plans. Wrote technical reviews of site findings and file reviews. Worked with and educated local officials on the water resource protection laws. Wrote various letters to permit applicants, local governments, and private consultants regarding the MDEQ's position on water resources protection. Interacted with landowners and the general public on a daily basis in regards natural resource regulations and MDEQ policies. Held public hearings regarding proposed construction projects. Provided expert witness testimony in administrative, criminal, and civil wetland, lake and stream court cases. Interacted with DNR Fisheries and DNR Wildlife to determine potential resource impacts of proposed construction projects.
Wetland Identification Specialist, MI Department of Environmental Quality (1998 – 1999)
Provided delineation of wetlands and determination of regulatory status for private landowners and developers in Southeast Michigan. Provided identification of vegetation, soils, and other hydrologic indicators to delineate wetland areas. Documented site findings and prepare site maps and letters to applicants regarding findings.
Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University, Department of Zoology (1997 – 1998)
Sampled aquatic invertebrates using dip nets, blacklight traps, emergence traps,and activity traps. Identified and quantified invertebrate samples from various wetlands to a genus and species level. Sampled fish using Fyke nets within shallow water emergent and floating leaf coastal wetlands on Saginaw Bay. Identified and quantified fish samples from various wetlands to a species level. Conducted research in several wetland areas throughout Michigan, with the concentration of work in Lake Huron coastal wetlands.
Laboratory Assistant, Michigan State University, Department of Zoology (1996 – 1997)
Assisted in the collection of physical and biological data from coastal wetlands in Northern Lake Huron. Identified and quantified invertebrate samples from various wetlands to a genus and species level.
Losee, T.L. Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan: Wetlands, Michigan Wetlands Association, February 2012
Losee, T.L. Land and Water Interface Permitting in Michigan. Lake Michigan Summit Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. August 2011
Losee, T.L. and T.M. Burton. Emergence Patterns of Trichoptera in Saginaw Bay Coastal Wetlands (Lake Huron). Mich. Acad. Feb. 1998
Losee, T. L. and A. E. Lounds, Where are our Wetlands? Inventories and Delineations, Michigan Wetlands Conference, May 2004
Losee, T.L., Michigan Wetlands: Types, Permitting, and Mitigation Requirements, Transportation and the Environment: Michigan's Local Technical Assistance Program, November 2004
Losee, T.L., Identifying Wetlands, Michigan Environmental Health Association 62nd Annual Educational Conference, March 2006
Losee, T.L., Michigan Wetlands: Types, Permitting, and Mitigation Requirements, Transportation and the Environment: Michigan's Local Technical Assistance Program, November 2006, 2008
Todd M. Losee