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Our Company

PhycoTech is an environmental consulting company specializing in the analysis of freshwater and marine algae, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, and bacteria. We are a leader in the industry, providing our customers with a wide variety of related services based on the most current technology, including permanently mounted, archival slides for both algae and zooplankton. We are committed to improving water quality, while providing our staff and associates with a flexible work schedule in an atmosphere that fosters creativity, initiative, and continuous skills development.

We are guided every day by ourmission statementandcore values. Our mission:

PhycoTech, as a Christian based company, is devoted to improving environmental water quality worldwide and protecting our water resources for future generations. We have a strong commitment to fostering environmental stewardship among our local communities’ youth. We are committed to providing our staff with an environment conducive to personal growth, while providing our clients with extremely accurate and useable data, delivered in a timely manner.

Our History

PhycoTech was founded in 1990 as a home-based business. Because of increased demand for our services, we moved to a larger laboratory and office space in January 1994. This space provided approximately 800 square feet of working space and 1,200 square feet of storage. Another expansion occurred in August 1988, where PhycoTech moved into a new building with approximately 10,000 square feet of office and laboratory space.

We launched our integrated data management software – ASA System – in 2002, and it is still in use today. We continue to upgrade our technology in order to provide the most up-to-date information to our customers.

We are incorporated as an S Corporation in the State of Michigan and are certified as a Woman Owned Business. We have been a qualified DBE since 2000. In 2018, we were listed as one of the Fifteen Under 15 businesses making a dynamic difference in southwest Michigan.

Qualifications

Our management team is directed by Dr. Ann St. Amand, President (curriculum vitae); Kam Truhn, Laboratory Manager; and Denise Clark; IFCB and IT Manager. We are experienced in project management, research and development, and technical services.

We specialize in the analysis of freshwater and marine samples for suspended and attached algae, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, and bacteria. We can accommodate samples across a variety of ecosystems and sampling locations including lakes, reservoirs, streams, marine systems, and sediment cores.

We provide our customers with a range of associated services: permanently mounted slides, data analysis and interpretation, sampling design, microscopic photography, and microscopic supplies.

Our laboratory is equiped with three research grade Olympus Microscopes on-site (with phase, Nomarski optics, and epifluorescence) and we have access to scanning electron microscopy facilities through the University of Notre Dame.