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Timothy Divoll, M.S.

Timothy Divoll, M.S.

Bat Studies Specialist

tim.divoll@briloon.org
Ph.D. web page 

Although working in tropical locales of Latin America (a region that includes some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and biologically rich habitats), may sound romantic, Tim will attest that field conditions can be challenging. Nonetheless, this wildlife researcher would not have it any other way.

Tim’s career with BRI started when he volunteered to capture loons in 2005 while surveying northern New Hampshire for the Loon Preservation Committee. His research skills, passion for his work, and adaptability in the field opened many opportunities for him.

Over the years, Tim studied mercury contamination in mammals, waterfowl, tropical fishes, and sharks while honing his capture and tracking techniques. He then began studying bat population dynamics at Acadia National Park for his master’s work, and continues studies there with the eastern small-footed bat.

After an inspiring winter in Belize working on goliath grouper and shark projects with the Wildlife Conservation Society, he shifted his research interests toward tropical studies. Now, he focuses his work on tropical bats. He enjoys working with bats because “they are highly evolved animals, really important for healthy ecosystems, and we can learn so much from them.”

Education

 
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana State University Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation
  • M.S., Biology, University of Southern Maine, 2012. Thesis: Mist-netting, passive ultrasonic detection, and stable isotopes determine community structure and temporal variation in bats (Chiroptera) at Acadia National Park, Maine.
  • B.S., Biology, Worcester State College, 2005

Expertise and Experience

 
  • Population and migratory dynamics of bat populations
  • Species diversity of bat communities in tropical ecosystems as an indicator of ecosystem health and environmental change
  • Fish mercury contamination as an indicator of environmental quality and human health concern
  • Community outreach in Latin America, including capacity building and collaborative research to blend scientific methods with local knowledge and skill
  • The use of study skins for conservation
  • Atlantic and Caribbean shark conservation

Journal Articles

 

Research Reports

 
  • Divoll, T. J. 2013. Effects of white-nose syndrome on the bats of Acadia National Park. Report to National Park Service. BRI Report 2013-05. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. 22 pages.
  • Goodale W. and T. Divoll. 2009. Birds, Bats and Coastal Wind Farm Development in Maine: A Literature Review. Report BRI 2009-18. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • D. Yates, T. Divoll, S. Angelo and D.C. Evers, 2009. Assessment of mercury exposure to bats at Onondaga Lake, New York. Report BRI 2010-11 submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cortland, NY. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine, 24 pp.
  • T. Divoll, D. Yates, D. Evers, 2008. Pilot assessment of mercury exposure to bats at Onondaga Lake, New York. Report BRI 2009-10 submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cortland, NY. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine

Presentations and Posters

 
  • 2011. Buck, D.G., D.C. Evers, T. Divoll, R. Graham, D. Castellanos, C. Barrientos, D. Medina, C. Chen, and F. Elvir., POSTER. Distribución de mercurio en las cuencas hidrográficas que desembocan al arrecife mesoamericano. Presented at the 15th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, 24-28 October 2011, Mérida, Mexico.
  • 2011. Divoll, T., D.G. Buck, D.C. Evers, and D. Yates. Murciélagos como indicadores de contaminación ambiental en Mesoamérica. Presented at the 15th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, 24-28 October 2011, Mérida, Mexico.
  • 2012. Divoll, T., D.G. Buck, D.C. Evers, and D. Yates. Murciélagos como indicadores de contaminación ambiental en Mesoamérica. Presented at the Simposia Peruano de Murcielagos, 13-14 January 2012, Lima, Peru.
  • 2011. Divoll, T., R. T. Graham, N. Hammerschlagg, C. Hammerschmidt, D.C. Evers, POSTER. Bioaccumulation of methylmercury in sharks from Florida and Belize: an international comparison of marine apex predators. Presented at the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, 24-29 July, 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 2011. Divoll, T. Mercury contamination of bats. Presented at the Schoodic Education and Research Center, Winter Harbor, ME, April 2011.
  • 2011. Divoll, T., POSTER. Using Stable Isotopes to Assess Population Dynamics at Acadia National Park, Maine – A Preliminary Analysis. Presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY.
  • 2011. Divoll, T., POSTER. Using Stable Isotopes to Assess Population Dynamics at Acadia National Park, Maine – A Preliminary Analysis. Presented at the Northeast Bat Working Group, Midwest Bat Working Group, Southern Bat Diversity Network Joint Meeting, Louisville, KY.
  • 2010. Buck, D.G., Divoll, T., Evers, D.C., POSTER. La Bioacumulación del Mercurio en Redes Tróficas de Embalses Hidroeléctricos. Sociedad MesoAmericana para la Biología y la Conservación, XIV Congresso, San José, Costa Rica.
  • 2009. Divoll, T., Evers, D.C., Graham, R., Castellanos, D., Buck, D., POSTER. Mercury level exploration of marine food fish species in Belize. MesoAmerican Society for Biology and Conservation, XIII Congress, Belize City, BZ.
  • 2008. Evers, D.C., Graham, R., Hammerschlag, N., Perkins, C., Michner, R. and Divoll, T., POSTER. Elevated mercury levels in Sharks of Belize. American Society of Limnologists and Oceanographers. Orlando, FL.
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