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Wildlife and Research Specialist
Kevin Regan, M.S.
Kevin about to release an Eastern Willet.

Kevin Regan, M.S.

Shorebird Biologist and
Wildlife Toxicology Lab Supervisor

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After graduating from college and working seasonally as a fisheries biologist for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Kevin came to Maine in 2007 to pursue a master's degree in biology at the University of Southern Maine where he studied the effects of wildfire on spatial organization of pronghorn antelope in Wyoming.

When Kevin joined BRI in 2009, he switched gears and began working as an avian biologist and manager of BRI’s Wildlife Mercury Lab. Kevin’s research experience with BRI has included contaminant sampling of forest and wetland birds, monitoring Northern Saw-whet Owl migration in the Gulf of Maine, shorebird avian influenza screening, and determining migratory connectivity of Eastern Willets breeding in the Gulf of Maine, and stopover feeding and roosting behavior of migratory shorebirds.

Kevin currently works with the Marine Bird Program to develop and implement research projects focused on shorebird conservation and continues to manage BRI’s mercury lab.


  • M.S., Biology, University of Southern Maine, 2010
  • B.S., Biology, Eastern Connecticut State University, 2006

Expertise and Experience

  • Live capture and sampling of birds and other wildlife through a variety of capture techniques 
  • Monitoring bird movements using geolocator and nanotag technologies
  • Total mercury analysis of biological tissues

Research Interests

  • Shorebird conservation
  • Using geolocator and nanotag technology to determine migratory connectivity and stopover feeding and roosting behavior in shorebirds
  • Effects of habitat phenology on life history timing of migratory species
  • Mercury exposure in shorebirds throughout their annual cycle
  • Effects of sea level rise on coastal breeding avian communities

Journal Articles


BRI Scientific Communications


Research Reports

  • Stenhouse, I.J., Goyette, J.L. & Regan, K.J. (2014) Using Marine Birds to Monitor Mercury Contamination Across the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem. Report to Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund. BRI Report No. 2014-12. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine, USA.
  • Adams, E., A. Sauer, O. Lane, K. Regan, and D. Evers. 2014. Monitoring spatial gradients and temporal trends of mercury in songbirds of New York state. NYSERDA Report, New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), Albany, NY.
  • Rinker, H. B, O. Lane, D. Meattey, and K. Regan. 2013. A pilot study of environmental contaminants in Mexico. Report No. 2013-38. 
  • Lane, O., S.T. Edmonds, K. Regan, J. L. Atwood, and D. Evers. 2012. Pilot assessment of mercury exposure to songbirds in the marshes of Piles Creek and South Branch Creek, New Jersey. Report BRI 2012-01 submitted to NOAA. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Lane, O.P., S.T. Edmonds, J. Atwood, K. Regan, D. Buck and D. Evers. 2012. Assessment of mercury exposure in birds at Onondaga Lake: 2008-2009. Report BRI 2011-17 submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cortland, NY. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Lane, O., D.G. Buck, and K. Regan. 2011. Mercury assessment of saltmarsh sparrows on Long Island, New York. NYSERDA Report 11-09, New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), Albany, NY.
  • Buck, D.G., K. Regan, and D.C. Evers. 2011. Dome Island invertivore food web study: mercury bioaccumulation in spiders. Report BRI 2011-08 submitted to The Nature Conservancy – Eastern New York chapter. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Lane, O., S. Edmonds, D. Buck and K. Regan. Mercury Assessment of Saltmarsh Sparrows on Long Island, New York. 2010-2011. Final Report. Prepared for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY,

Presentations and Posters

  • Stenhouse, I.J., Goyette, J.L., Regan, K.J, Goodale, M.W. & Evers, D.C. Using marine birds to monitor mercury contamination across the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Poster presentation at the 70th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference, Portland, Maine, USA. 2014.
  • 2014. Regan, K., J. Tash, and O. Lane. POSTER. Determining migratory connectivity of Eastern Willets breeding in the Gulf of Maine. Presented at the 70th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, 13-15 April 2014, Portland, Maine.
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