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Oksana Lane, M.S.
Oksana holds a Great Egret in Guerrero, Mexico with a local project coordinator.

Oksana Lane, M.S.

Wetlands Program Director

207-839-7600 x106
oksana.lane@briloon.org

Oksana grew up in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, in the former Soviet Union. She loved being outdoors, and cherished train trips to the country to hike in the uncharted Russian forests. Oksana's family immigrated to the United States when she was a teen.

At Alfred University, she became interested in environmental studies. She spent the summer before graduating from college as an intern at Manomet Bird Observatory (now Manomet Center for Conservation Science) where she received training and inspiration to pursue a career in conservation. Shortly after earning her master's degree in environmental biology, Oksana joined BRI.

As BRI's wetlands program director, Oksana is on the front lines of bird conservation among other environmental issues. One of her studies is focused on mercury contamination in Saltmarsh Sparrows nesting in the salt marshes of Long Island; the study is in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Similarly, for the past 10 years she has been monitoring mercury in Saltmarsh Sparrows at Parker River and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuges in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine the source of mercury in the marshes and its effects on the reproduction of the species.

Oksana is honored to be involved with the Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS), a multi-national project in the Mediterranean Sea under the lead of the Italian Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the CNR.

Education

 
  • M.S. Environmental Biology, University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1994
    • Lane, O.P. (originally Piterman, O.) 1994. Diet of red-winged blackbird nestlings in methoprene and Bti-treated wetlands. Master's Thesis, Univ. of Minnesota, Duluth.
  • B.A. Environmental Science, Alfred University, 1986

Certifications

 
  • Wetland Identification, Delineation, and Ecology (Eagle Hill Institute), 2016
  • Maine Rehabilitation (Oiled Wildlife Training), 2000

Expertise and Experience

 
  • More than 20 years experience in bird banding and bird studies
  • More than 15 years of contaminant assessment work with birds, fish, invertebrates; focus on live capture and sampling of all species of birds, forage fish
  • Design and oversee multiple studies focusing on mercury exposure in salt marsh and wetland birds, and fresh and salt water fish.
  • Conduct NRDA studies in Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia, and New York.
  • Responsible for state and federal permit requests and report writing.
  • Work experience in a variety of geographic areas including North and Central America, Russia, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Translations from Russian into English

Research Interests

 
  • Wildlife toxicology, conservation on a global scale, sea level rise, and coastal avian communities
  • Global biological mercury monitoring in the world seas/oceans
  • Fresh and salt water wetlands-heavy metal exposure as a result of climate change

Journal Articles

 

Research Reports

 
  • 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, www.nyserda.org.
  • 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., S.T. Edmonds, J. Atwood and D. Evers. 2011. Pilot assessment of mercury exposure to songbirds in the marshes of Absecon Creek. Report BRI 2011-39, submitted to USFWS, NJ. 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. Buck and K. Regan. 2011. Mercury Assessment of Saltmarsh Sparrows on Long Island, New York. Final Report. Prepared for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY, www.nyserda.org.
  • Lane, O. P. and D.C. Evers. 2009. Long-term monitoring of mercury in fish tissue at Moore and Comerford Development Reservoirs: 2008. Report BRI 2009-05 submitted to Trans Canada Inc. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Evers, D.C., O.P. Lane, C. DeSorbo, and L. Savoy. 2002. Assessing the impacts of methylmercury on piscivorous wildlife using a wildlife criterion value based on the Common Loon, 1998-2001. Report BRI 2002-08, submitted to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. BioDiversity Research Institute, Falmouth, Maine.
  • Evers, D.C., O.P. Lane, L. Savoy, and D. Yates. 2006. Summary of wildlife mercury exposure for the Nyanza Superfund Project (2003-05). Submitted to Avatar Environmental and the EPA.
  • Evers, D.C. and O.P. Lane. 2007. Mercury exposure in tree swallows, belted kingfishers and wetland songbirds at NYANZA superfund site. Report Submitted to the USEPA, N. Chelmsford, MA.
  • Lane, O.P., D.C. Evers, J. Kaplan and K. Tischler. 2006. Using avian piscivores as ecological indicators of methylmercury and PCB availability in Michigan. Report BRI 2006-14. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Lane, O.P. and D.C. Evers. 2007. Methylmercury availability in New England estuaries as indicated by Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, 2004-2006. Report BRI 2007-14 submitted to USFWS. BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Evers, D.C., P. Reaman, and O. Lane. 1998. Determining mercury exposure in Maine’s fish-eating birds. Report Submitted to Maine Dept. Environ. Protection.

Presentations and Posters

 
  • Lane, O. and K. Buckman. 2012. Mercury in the biota from Mediterranean Sea. GMOS Project.
  • Lane, O. et al. Mercury exposure in saltmarsh sparrows presented at International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (Halifax), 2011. Lane et al. 2011.
  • Heavy metals in feathers of resident and migrant birds in Central America, Mesoamerican society for conservation biology, Merida, MX, October 2011.


For posters and presentation prior to 2011, please contact Oksana Lane.

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