9436 Maltby Road
Brighton, MI 48116
(810) 225-0539
info@niswander-env.com

Todd M. Losee

Ecologist - Niswander Environmental, LLC
Email: tlosee@niswander-env.com

Education

M.S. 1998 Aquatic Ecology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S. 1997 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Certifications

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

General Experience and Qualifications

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.

Project Experience

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.

Trainings Instructed or Organized

  • Invasive Wetland Plant Identification, MiCorps Volunteer Monitoring Conference, Aug. 2012
  • 5-day Wetland Delineation Training, Michigan Wetlands Association, June 2012
  • 6 Bankfull Training - located throughout the state of Michigan, May 2010 - September 2012
  • Adopting the Federal Wetland Delineation Manual and Supplements - RAM Center, Jan 2010
  • MiRAM Training - 5 Regional Trainings throughout State, October 2008 - August 2009
  • MiRAM, Culvert Installations, and Storm Water Control-Field Staff Technical Training, September 2008
  • EPA Region 5 Grant Meeting, October 2008
  • Wetland Plant Identification Training for DNR Fisheries Natural Rivers Staff, Big Manistee River, Manistee, May 2006
  • Wetland Identification Training. U of M Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, May 2006
  • Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes for Saginaw District MDEQ and DNR Staff, Bay and Midland Counties, August 2005
  • Wetland Identification, Functions, and Values Presented to DNR Forestry Division Staff, Crawford County, July 2005
  • Wetland Identification Training for MDEQ Staff, U of M Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, May 2005
  • Section 404 of Clean Water Act Training for MDEQ Staff, Lansing, March 2005
  • Wetland Identification Training for MDEQ Staff, Yankee Springs State Recreation Area, Hastings, May 2004
  • Wetland Assessment Contractor Training, Hastings, May 1999

Recent Training and Workshops

  • Wetland Mitigation Construction, Lansing, June 2012
  • Forest Ecology, University of Michigan Biological Station, August 2010
  • Rosgen Level 1: Applied Fluvial Geomorphology, Marquette, October 2009
  • USACE Regional Wetland Delineation Supplement, USACE ERDC Lab, Ann Arbor, August 2009
  • Rare and Imperiled Wetland Community Training, MNFI, Wayland, August 2009
  • Applying NRCS Hydric Soil Indicators, St. Johns, August 2008
  • Plant Identification of the Central Michigan, Biotic Consultants, Inc., Lansing, September 2006
  • Woody Plant Identification, University of Michigan Herbarium, Ann Arbor, August 2006
  • Indiana Bat Workshop: Species and Habitat Identification, USFWS and Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw County, September 2005
  • Plant Identification of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Biotic Consultants, Inc., Marquette, August 2005
  • Hines Emerald Dragonfly Workshop: Species and Habitat Identification, U.S. Forest Service, St. Ignace, July 2005
  • Spring Flora of Michigan, University of Michigan Herbarium, Lansing, May 2005
  • Massasauga Rattlesnake: Identification, Natural History, and Habitat Requirements, Indiana Purdue University, Indian Springs Metro Park, May 2005
  • Plant Identification, Biotic Consultants, Inc., Port Huron, August 2004
  • Upper Peninsula Bog and Fen Tour, University of Michigan Herbarium, Newberry, July 2004
  • Rare and Imperiled Habitats of Northern Michigan, Identification of Dune and Swale Complexes and Coastal Wetlands, MNFI, Rogers City, June 2004
  • Spring Flora, U of M Mattheai Botanical Gardens, MNFI, Ann Arbor, May 2004
  • Wetland Identification Training, Yankee Springs State Recreation Area, Hastings, May 2004
  • Rare and Imperiled Habitats in Southwest Michigan, Identification of Fens and Lake Plain Coastal Marshes, MNFI, Allegan County, August 2003
  • Advanced Plant Identification Class - Concentrating on Bogs and Fens, Biotic Consultants, Fremont, Indiana, October 2003
  • Rare and Imperiled Habitats in Southeast Michigan, Identification of Lakeplain Prairies, Bogs, and Fens, MNFI, St. Clair County, August 2003
  • Identification of Sedges (Carex spp.), The Institute of Wetlands and Coastal Trainings and Research, Brighton, May 2002
  • Workshop on Using Bio-Assessment Indices on Wetlands, Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station, Gull Lake, March 2002
  • Identification of Michigan Wetland Plants, Biotic Consultants, Inc., Ann Arbor, August 2001
  • Installation and Demonstration of Soft Engineering Techniques on a Lake Shoreline, Belle Isle Park, City of Detroit, April 2001
  • Workshop on Using Bio-Assessment Indices on Wetlands, Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station, Gull Lake, February 2001
  • Identification of Asters and Goldenrod's in Michigan, The Institute of Wetlands and Coastal Trainings and Research, Hastings, September 2000
  • Turtles and Amphibians of S.E. Michigan-Habitat Needs, Management, and Conservation, MDNR - Wildlife Division, Livonia, February 2000
  • Urban Stream Restoration Techniques, NRCS, Midland, Michigan, November 1999
  • Regulatory IV: Interagency Wetland Determination and Delineation, NRCS, Army Corp of Engineers, Roscommon, September 1999
  • Wetland Assessment Training-Identification of Wetland Vegetation, Hydrology, and Soils, Hastings, May 1998

Presentations

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

Honors

  • MDNR Fisheries, Outstanding Partnership Award, Quality of Life Collaboration on MP/GP Development
  • MDEQ Director Award, Outstanding Team Performance, SE Michigan Enforcement Strategy Implementation
  • MDEQ Director Award, Outstanding Team Performance, Great Lakes Shoreline Management Policy
  • MDEQ Director Award, Honorable Mention, Teamwork, Transportation and the Environmental Conference
  • MDEQ Director Award, Honorable Mention, Black River Site Investigation and Trial Preparation Team

Committees

  • Michigan Wetlands Advisory Council
  • MDEQ Director Appointment, Senator Birkholtz Wetland Program Review Workgroup
  • MDEQ Director Appointment, Great Lakes Shoreline Management Policy Workgroup
  • Chair, Michigan Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands Development Committee
  • Co-Chair, DEQ Inland Lakes and Streams Regulatory Committee
  • Co-Chair, DEQ Wetlands Regulatory Committee
  • Member, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Midwest Regional Wetland Delineation Supplement Development and Review Team
  • Member, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NE and NC Regional Wetland Delineation Supplement Development and Review Team
  • Member, Landscape Level Wetland Functional Assessment Workgroup

 

Todd M. Losee

Todd M. Losee