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Wildlife and Research Specialist
Dustin Meattey, B.S.
Dustin braves all manner of foul weather to capture and band waterfowl like this Long-tailed Duck.

Dustin Meattey, B.S.

GIS Specialist

207-839-7600
dustin.meattey@briloon.org

Dustin grew up exploring the lakes and forests of southern New Hampshire before making Maine his home. While studying wildlife at Unity College, he began working as a field biologist for the Loon Preservation Committee, surveying lakes throughout New Hampshire and Maine.

Dustin joined BRI full time in 2007, surveying loons in the Rangeley Lakes region. Since that time, he has worked on projects for every department within the organization and developed skills and techniques for capturing and sampling several species of aquatic and terrestrial fauna.

Dustin’s annual research priorities split between the waterfowl and mammal programs. During the winter months his work focuses around using satellite telemetry to study migratory movements and breeding ground delineation in various sea duck species along the eastern seaboard.  Much of this work also involves using non-lethal sampling techniques to help determine exposure levels and effects of environmental contaminants in waterfowl populations. As a Qualified Indiana Bat Surveyor (QIBS), Dustin spends the summer conducting mist-net and acoustic surveys for the endangered Indiana bat and other species.

In addition to his work with BRI, Dustin is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rhode Island where he is studying the spatial ecology and habitat use of white-winged scoters wintering in southern New England.

Education

 
  • M.S. Candidate, University of Rhode Island, 2018
  • B.S. Wildlife, Unity College, 2008

Certifications

 
  • Qualified Indiana Bat Surveyor (QIBS)
  • 24 Hr. HAZWOPER Training
  • NRDA Cold Water Safety Training
  • Offshore Water Survival
  • Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET)
  • B3 Combination Helicopter/Airplane Safety Training
  • First Aid

Research Interests

 
  • Satellite telemetry
  • Waterfowl conservation
  • Environmental contaminants
  • Sea duck population ecology
  • Bat conservation and ecology

Journal Articles

 

Technical Reports

 
  • Meattey, D., L. Savoy, A. Gilbert, J. Tash, C. Gray, A. Berlin, C. Lepage, S. Gilliland, T. Bowman, J. Osenkowski, and C. Spiegel. 2015. Wintering movements and habitat use of surf scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) in the mid-Atlantic U.S. Chapter 20 in: Final Report to the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, 2015. Williams, K.A., E.E. Connelly, S.M. Johnson, I.J. Stenhouse, eds. Biodiversity Research Institute report (BRI ID #2015-11) submitted to: Department of Energy, Washington, DC, 24 pages.
  • Gilbert, A., E. Adams, C. Anderson, A. Berlin, T. Bowman, E. Connelly, S. Gilliland, C. Gray, C. Lepage, D. Meattey, W. Montevecchi, J. Osenkowski, L. Savoy, I. Stenhouse, and K. Williams. 2015. Incorporating temporal variation in seabird telemetry data: time variant kernel density models. Chapter 23 in: Final Report to the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, 2015. Williams, K.A., E.E. Connelly, S.M. Johnson, I.J. Stenhouse, eds. Biodiversity Research Institute report (BRI ID #2015-11) submitted to: Department of Energy, Washington, DC, 21 pages.
  • Rinker, H.B., O.P. Lane, D.E. Meattey, and K.J. Regan. 2013. Limpia Guerrero 2013: A Pilot Study of Environmental Contaminants in México. Report BRI 2013-38. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 54 pages.
  • 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. 35 pages.
  • Meattey, D. and L. Savoy. 2011. Onondaga Lake migratory and winter waterfowl pilot contaminant assessment 2009-2010. Report BRI 2011-13 submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cortland, NY.  Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.  50 pages.
  • Meattey, D. and L. Savoy. 2011. Assessing mercury accumulation in wintering sea ducks at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 2009-2010. Report BRI 2011-12 submitted to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport, MA.  Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 26 pages.
  • Meattey, D. and L. Savoy. 2010. Assessing mercury accumulation in wintering sea ducks and Atlantic brant at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 2009. Report BRI 2010-08. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 17 pages.
  • Yates, D., D. Meattey, and T. Divoll. 2008. Bat survey of Parker River and Great Bay National Wildlife Refuges. Report BRI 2008-09. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 22 pages.
  • Yates, D., D.C. Evers, and D. Meattey. 2008. Pilot assessment of Methylmercury available to muskrat and shrews on the South Fork River, Virginia – 2008. Report BRI 2009-21 submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gloucester Virginia. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Taylor, K., D. Pepin, D. Meattey, D.Yates and D.C. Evers. 2008. Flagstaff Lake Common Loon Population Survey and Management Report, 2007. BRI Report 2008-02, submitted to FPL Energy Maine Hydro. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.

Posters and Presentations

 
  • Goodman, M.D., G.H. Olsen, and D.E. Meattey. 2017. Evaluation of pre- and post-surgical lactate levels in long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis) as an indicator of hypoxemia. Presented at 6th International Sea Duck Conference, San Francisco, California, 2017.
  • Olsen, G.H., A. Krishnaswamy, M.C. Runge, A.M., A.M. Berlin, and D.E. Meattey. 2017. Using I-Stat blood results to predict post-PTT implant survival in long-tailed ducks and scoters. Presented at 6th International Sea Duck Conference, San Francisco, California, 2017.
  • Meattey, D., L. Savoy, C. Dwyer, R.M. Mickley, J. Beuth, and K. Regan. 2014. A comparison of mercury concentrations in common eiders and prey items from the northeastern United States. Presented at 5th International Sea Duck Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2014.
  • Savoy, L., W. Goodale, B. Allen, D. Heard, D. Meattey, I. Johnson. Common eider seasonal movements in proposed offshore wind power test sites. Presented at 4th International Sea Duck Conference, Seward, Alaska 2011.
  • 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. Mercury concentrations in blood of migratory and wintering sea ducks from the Atlantic and Great Lakes regions. Presented at 4th International Sea Duck Conference, Seward, Alaska 2011.

Oral Presentations

 
  • Meattey, D.E., S.R. McWilliams, P.W.C. Paton, J. Osenkowski, C. Lepage, S.G. Gilliland, and G.H. Olsen. 2017. Annual cycle movements and winter habitat use of white-winged scoters in southern New England. Presented at 6th International Sea Duck Conference, San Francisco, California, 2017.
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