Wade first joined the EcoAnalysts team in June 2005 as a chironomid taxonomist, leaving in March 2011. He rejoined Eco in December 2015, again mainly to identify chironomids. Prior to coming to EcoAnalysts, Wade spent five years as the aquatic ecology lab manager in the lab of Dr. Steven Kohler at the Illinois Natural History Survey. After leaving the INHS, Wade became the lab manager in the lab of Dr. Seth Reice at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In both jobs his duties included most aspects of stream ecology including the sampling, processing and identification of invertebrates , fish and periphyton in Michigan and North Carolina streams. Other responsibilities included finding study sites, training and supervising work-study students and graduate students and overseeing the daily operations of the lab. Wade also has consulted on various aquatic projects for individuals and companies. After leaving EcoAnalysts in 2011, Wade worked for another firm doing taxonomy until July 2015 doing various aquatic ecology jobs but also collecting and identifying terrestrial insects from pitfall traps as part of a project to write a terrestrial biological assessment protocol for the Pacific Northwest.

When Wade is not looking at insects he is most likely spending time with his family, backpacking or training for triathlons.