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David Yates, M.S.
Dave holds a howler monkey in Belize.

David Yates, M.S.

Mammal Program Director

207-839-7600 x114
dave.yates@briloon.org

Dave Yates has a B.S. in wildlife biology and management and a M.S. in conservation biology. He has been a wildlife research biologist with BRI since the Institute's inception. As director of the mammal program, he is actively involved with various field studies focusing on wildlife conservation and management and the health assessment of aquatic ecosystems through contaminant screening.

Yates is currently conducting live-capture, tracking, and sampling studies on mink, otter, beaver, and muskrat. Along with this he is also researching bats as an indicator species for mercury exposure. This project is across the eastern U.S. at both point source and nonpoint source sites. He also conducts inventories of small and large mammals for the various state agencies and federal government.

Education

 
  • M.Sc., Conservation Biology, Antioch University New England, 2006 
  • BS, Wildlife Biology and Management, Unity College, 1999

Certifications

 
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Pennsylvania Game and Fish Qualified Indiana Bat Surveyor
  • Current DEA license 
  • B3 and HUET certificates 
  • HAZWOPR training
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid

Research Interests

 
  • Chiroptera
  • River Otter
  • Mink
  • Muskrat
  • Beaver
  • Shrew
  • Voles and Lemmings
  • Canada Lynx
  • Seals

Journal Articles

 

Research Reports

 
  • Yates, D., K. Taylor, and C. Niven. 2008. Effects of Water Levels on Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Populations within the West Grand Lake Project, Maine. Report BRI 2008-25 submitted to BIA and OA System Corporation, Amarillo, Texas. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Yates, D., S. Angelo, T. Divoll 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, 44 pp.
  • T. Divoll, D. Yates, D.C. 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, 44 pp.
  • Yates, D., S.E. Angelo, M.W. Goodale and D.C. Evers. 2011. Bat Mercury Study Examining Footprint Area and Downstream: South River, Virginia - 2009. Report BRI 2009-10 submitted to DuPont Corporate Remediation Group, Newark, Delaware and the U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv., Gloucester, Virginia. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. 57pp.
  • Yates, D., M. Moore, T. Kunz, and D.C. Evers 2008. Pilot assessment of methlymercury availability to bats on the South River, Virginia - 2008. Report BRI 2009-16 submitted to DuPont Corporate Remediation Group, Newark, Delaware and the U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv., Gloucester, Virginia. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. 47pp.
  • Yates, D., D.C. Evers, and D. Meattey. 2008. Pilot assessment of methlymercury availability to muskrat and shrews on the South Fork River, Virginia - 2008. Report BRI 2009-21 submitted to the U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv., Gloucester, Virginia. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Yates, D., W. Goodale, M. Holden, and D. Evers. 2008. Home ranges size in relation to water level fluctuations in river otter, muskrat, mink and beaver on Brassua Lake and surrounding waterbodies. Report BRI 2008-18 submitted to FPL Energy Maine Hydro. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Yates, D. and D.C. Evers. 2007-6. Small Mammals and Bat Inventory of the Appalachian Trail in Maine-2006. Report BRI 2007-6 submitted to the Maine Natural Areas Program and NPS. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Yates, D., H. Wada , M. Moore, B. Hopkins, T. Kunz, and D.C. Evers 2007. Pilot assessment of methlymercury availability to bats on the South River, Virginia - 2007. Report BRI 2008-08 submitted to DuPont Corporate Remediation Group, Newark, Delaware and the U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv., Gloucester, Virginia. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. 42pp.
  • Yates, D., D.C. Evers, and L. Savoy. 2004. Developing a mercury exposure profile for mink and river otter in Maine. Report BRI 2004-09 submitted to Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Yates and D.C. Evers. 2007. Pilot assessment of methlymercury availability to furbearers on the North Fork of the Holston River, Virginia - 2005. Report BRI 2007-10 submitted to the U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv., Gloucester, Virginia. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Yates, D., and D.C. Evers. 2006. Assessment of bats for mercury contamination on the North Fork of the Holston River, VA- 2005. Report BRI 2006-9. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Yates, D.E. and D. Evers. 2005. An overall assessment of the loon population at Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge: Investigations into individual-specific demographics and assessment of individual and population health. Report BRI 2004-13 BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 17pp.
  • Yates, D., D.C. Evers, and W. Goodale. 2006. Monitoring of breeding Common Loons: West Branch of the Penobscot River area - 2005. Report BRI 2006-05. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. pp.30
  • Yates, D., D.C. Evers, W. Goodale, and W. MacCabe. 2005. Monitoring of breeding Common Loons: West Branch of the Penobscot River area - 2004. Report BRI 2005-10. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. 27 pp.
  • Yates, D., L. Savoy, D. Evers, C. DeSorbo, W. Goodale, L. Attix, A. Paul, C. Niven, E. Saxson, and M. Nelson. 2005. Documentation of the reproductive success of the Common Loon on selected lakes in the Rangeley Lakes and Eagle Lake Regions in 2004. Report BRI 2005-06 submitted to the New England Forestry Foundation. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. 60pp
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