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.”
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