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Lucas Savoy, B.S.
Lucas about to release a male Harlequin Duck as part of a BRI collaborative harlequin study in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

Lucas Savoy, B.S.

Waterfowl Program Director

207-839-7600 x104
lucas.savoy@briloon.org

Lucas Savoy has a B.S. in environmental studies (wildlife biology and management) from Unity College. He joined BRI in 2000 as a wildlife research biologist. Early in his career, he focused primarily on Common Loon contaminant and breeding ecology field studies across North America, while also developing an interest in waterfowl conservation. He is currently the director of the waterfowl program and has focused his research on numerous species of waterfowl. 

His primary research studies have included the exposure and risks of contaminants to waterfowl, and the migratory and seasonal movements of sea ducks in relation to offshore wind power developments. With more than 18 years of hands-on bird research experience, Savoy continues to build BRI’s waterfowl program and to develop partnerships with a focus on waterfowl conservation in North America and internationally.

Education

 
  • B.S. Environmental Sciences (Wildlife Biology), Unity College, 1999

Research Interests

 
  • Waterfowl conservation
  • Sea duck population delineation
  • Satellite telemetry
  • Contaminant accumulation and impacts on waterfowl
  • Sea duck winter ecology

Journal Articles

 

Research Reports

 
  • Savoy, L., D. Meattey, and I. Johnson 2011. Common Eider daily and migratory movements in proposed offshore wind power test sites. Report BRI 2011-14 submitted to Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Wiscasset, ME. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. pp 1-35.
  • Savoy, L. 2007. Mercury in blood of molting and wintering Harlequin Ducks from Alaska. Report BRI, Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 8pp.
  • Savoy, L. 2005. Establishing waterfowl observation stations and conducting brood surveys on Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. Report BRI 2005-12, Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 32pp.
  • Evers, D.C., O. Lane, L. Savoy, and D. Yates. 2003. Summary of wildlife mercury exposure for the Nyanza Superfund Project. BRI report 2003-04. Submitted to Avatar Environmental, West Chester, PA.

Presentations and Posters

 
  • Savoy, L., P. Flint, J. Schamber, D. Zwiefelhofer, B. Hoskins, H. Brant, C. Perkins, R. Taylor, O. Lane, and K. Trust. Mercury concentrations in blood of molting and wintering Harlequin Ducks from Alaska. North American Sea Duck Conference, Quebec, Canada, 2008 (poster).
  • Savoy, L., T. Bowman, D. Meattey, O. Lane, J. Osenkowski, S. Gilliland, G. Olsen, N. Pau, K. O’Brien, A. Berlin, P. Wilson, S. Badzinski, S. Meyer. North American Sea Duck Conference, Seward, Alaska, 2011 (poster).
  • Savoy, L., W. Goodale, B. Allen, D. Heard, D. Meattey, I. Johnson. Common Eider seasonal movement in proposed offshore wind power test sites. North American Sea Duck Conference, Seward, Alaska, 2011 (poster).
  • Savoy, L. Mallard Duck mercury study on the South River, Virginia. Presentation at the South River Science Team meeting, Harrisburg, Virginia, 2007 (presentation).
  • Savoy, L. Using four species of cavity nesting ducks as bioindicators of mercury availability in aquatic systems. 28th Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists (NEAB), Massachusetts, 2004 (presentation).
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