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.
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