Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), a nonprofit ecological research group based in Portland, Maine, conducts innovative wildlife science worldwide.
BRI’s Center for Mercury Studies plays a lead scientific role in understanding the exposure and effects of mercury on wildlife in New England, North America, and around the world. The Center for Waterbird Studies is dedicated to assessing current and emerging threats to waterbirds. The programs in our Center for Ecology and Conservation Research aim to understand the workings of wildlife and their habitats while exploring how ecological stressors affect different species and ecosystems.
Below is an archive of our news releases. For more information on any of these topics, please contact our communications department.
Communications Director: Deborah McKew
In collaboration with mercury researchers from around the world, BRI's review article, "A State-of-the-Science Review of Mercury Biomarkers in Human Populations Worldwide between 2000 and 2018," was recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
The review article summarizes peer-reviewed literature reporting mercury concentrations in human hair, blood, and urine from over 330,000 indiviudals from 75 countries around the world. The review identifies four broad populations of concern, and highlights the importance of continued biomonitoring - especially in geographic regions and subpopulations with limited data - in light of certain stipulations in the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
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