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 our industry, providing our customers with a wide variety of related services based on the most current technology, including permanently mounted, archival slides of 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. 

To learn more about us you can view PhycoTech, Inc Mission Statement and the PhycoTech Core Values in PDF Format. 

Our History

PhycoTech was founded in 1990 as a home based business. In January, 1994, in response to increased demand for our services and a much larger volume of in-house samples, PhycoTech moved to a larger laboratory/office facility, (approximately 800 sq. ft. with 1200 sq. ft. storage area.) In an effort to continue to meet the challenges of an increased workload and the additional services that PhycoTech provides, along with future demands, in August 1998, PhycoTech moved into a new building with approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of office and laboratory space. In October, 2002, PhycoTech introduced its new integrated data management software, ASA System. PhycoTech continues to upgrade technology in order to provide the most up-to-date information to our customers.

PhycoTech incorporated as an S Corporation in the State of Michigan in August 1995. We are registered to do business in several other states including Indiana, Florida, Oregon, and Washington. We are certified as a Woman Owned Business with the State of Michigan which offers WOB certification through the Michigan Department of Transportation. We have been a qualified DBE since October, 2000.


Our qualified management team is directed by Ann St. Amand, Ph.D., President (Click for C.V.) and includes Kam Truhn, Laboratory Manager. We are experienced in the direction of administration, marketing, research and development, and technical services.

At present, we analyze lake, reservoir, stream, well and marine samples (including gut analysis on fish and invertebrates) for suspended and attached algae, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates and bacteria. We also process core samples for diatoms and bluegreen akinetes. PhycoTech has three research grade Olympus Microscopes (two with Phase and Nomarski optics and Epifluorescence), and we also have access to Scanning Electron Microscopy facilities through the University of Notre Dame. We provide our customers with a range of associated services, which include permanently mounted slides, data analysis and interpretation, microscopic photography, sale of microscopic accessories, and archival.