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Wildlife Research and Field Biologist
Melissa Duron, B.S.

Melissa Duron, B.S.

Marine Bird Program Specialist

207-839-7600 x251 
melissa.duron@briloon.org

Melissa Duron has a B.S. in biology. While obtaining her degree at the University of Southern Maine, Duron assisted Dr. Chris Maher in her research of breeding systems and genetic relationships of woodchucks in Maine. In addition, she was employed seasonally at BRI where she conducted loon and mountain bird surveys in the Rangeley Lakes region, banded and sampled songbirds, and sampled aquatic abiota and biota in New York to determine possible mercury pathways in the Common Loon.

From 2004 to 2010, her focus shifted to investigating possible mercury pathways in the terrestrial food web, determining biological hotspots and identifying habitats vulnerable to mercury contamination through bird banding/sampling, abiotic sampling, and invertebrate collection. In addition, she began to troubleshoot the process of standardizing and moving historical BRI data into a relational database.

In 2010, Duron worked on Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) of birds affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, tackling administrative duties, sampling methods, research design, project management, and troubleshooting in a precarious environment. She conducted and led inshore boat-based damage assessment surveys in the Gulf of Mexico on avian species impacted by the spill, then moved into a QA/QC Manager position, where she oversaw all data for the oil spill and developed field and data management protocols. Along with other team members, Duron recently analyzed high definition aerial video and managed data for BRI’s Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project.

Education

 
  • B.S., Biology, University of Southern Maine, 2004
  • Diploma, Modern Standard Arabic, Defense Language Institute, 1995

Expertise and Experience

 
  • Avian surveys by call and sight; songbird mistnet capture and banding; and avian tissue sampling (14 years)
  • Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrate capture and sampling (10 years)
  • Standardizing and improving data collection for relational databases and analysis (7 years)

Journal Articles

 

Research Reports

 
  • Evers, D., E.M. Adams, M. Perkins, L. Savoy, C.S. Flegel, M. Duron, A. Gilbert, I. Johnson, and J. McKay. 2011. End-of-Study Draft Summary Report: Estimating Oiling and Mortality of Secretive Marsh Birds from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, NRDA Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill (Bird Study #3). Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. BRI-NRDA-DWH Report #3.3.
  • Evers, D., B. J. Sigel, C.S. Flegel, A. Gilbert, I. Johnson, M. Duron, and J. McKay. 2011. End-of-Study Draft Summary Report: Estimating Oiling and Mortality of Colonial Waterbirds from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill - Oiling Rates, NRDA Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill (Bird Study #4). Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. BRI-NRDA-DWH Report #4.3b.
  • Evers, D., P.G.R. Jodice, P.C. Frederick, L. Eggert, K.D. Meyer, M. Yates, C.S. Flegel, A. Gilbert, I. Johnson, J. D. Meattey, M. Duron, J. Goyette, I. Stenhouse, and J. McKay. 2011. Final Pre-assessment Data Report: Estimating Oiling and Mortality of Breeding Colonial Waterbirds from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, NRDA Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill (Bird Study #4). Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. BRI-NRDA-DWH Report #4.3
  • Evers, D., N. Schoch, C.S. Flegel, M. Duron, J. Fallon, W. A. Hopkins, M. Walsh, R. Valentine, J. Ellal, and D. Mensching. 2011. End-of-Study Draft Summary Report: Avian Health Assessment for Estimating Oiling and Mortality of Breeding Secretive Marsh Birds (Bird Study #3) and Colonial Waterbirds (Bird Study #4), NRDA Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. BRI-DWH-NRDA Report 3-4.3.
  • Evers, D., M.A. Montevecchi, J. Paruk, I.J. Stenhouse, B. J. Sigel, C. S. Flegel, A.Gilbert, I Johnson, M. Duron, J. McKay, and D. Long. 2011. End-of Study Draft Summary Report: Wintering Open-Water Waterbird (WOWW)(Bird Study #12), NRDA Deepwater Horizon (MC252) Oil Spill. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME. BRI-DWH-NRDA Report 12.3.
  • Evers, D.C., K.A. Williams, and M. Duron. 2009. Protocol for TERRA Network: Sampling Songbirds, Bats, Invertebrates, Litterfall and Soil for Contaminant Analysis. Report BRI 2009-17, BioDiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.

Presentations and Posters

 
  • 2008. Duron, M., D. Evers, D. Braun, M. Brown, C. Driscoll, R. Hames, C. Lee, J. Loukmas, K. McFarland, C. Rimmer, A. Sauer, N. Schoch and R. Taylor. POSTER. Songbirds as Indicators of Environmental Mercury Loads in New York. Presented at the 4th International Partners in Flight Conference. 13-16 February 2008, McAllen, TX.
  • 2007. Duron, M. D. Evers, D. Braun, M. Brown, C. Driscoll, R. Hames, C. Lee, J. Loukmas, K. McFarland, C. Rimmer, A. Sauer, N. Schoch and R. Taylor. POSTER. Songbirds as Indicators of Environmental Mercury Loads in New York. Presented at 2007 Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Protection conference. 15-16 November 2007, Albany, NY.
  • 2007. Schoch, N., D. Evers, M. Duron, M. Glennon, H. Simonin, C. Driscoll and J. Ozard. POSTER. Long-term Monitoring and Assessment of Mercury Based on Integrated Sampling Efforts Using the Common Loon, Prey fish, Water, and Sediment. Presented at 2007 Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Protection conference. 15-16 November 2007, Albany, NY.
  • 2007. Duron, M. Appalachian Mountain Mercury Network: Mercury Effects on Our Songbirds. Presented as part of the "Secrets of the Shawangunks: Natural History and Science of a Living Landscape" lecture series offered by Mohonk Preserve, sponsored by the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership, 31 January 2007, New Paltz, NY.
  • 2005. Evers, D.E., R. Hames, T. Tear, M. Duron, J. Loukmas, A. White, G. Lovett, C. Driscoll, C. Rimmer, T. Daigle, K. McFarland, J. Lowe, K. Schmidt, and R. Taylor. POSTER. Potential Negative Impacts of Air Pollutants on Thrushes and Other Songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Presented at 2005 Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Protection conference. 25-26 October 2005, Albany, NY.
  • 2004. Duron, M., C. Maher and M. Greenleaf. POSTER. Using Microsatellite DNA to Determine the Mating System of Woodchucks (Marmota Monax). Presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. 12-16 June 2004, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.
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