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BRI Consulting Services

Biodiversity Research Institute is a
General Services Administration (GSA)
Approved Contractor

General Services Administration Contract

GSA Contract Number: GS-10F-226A

Contract Period: August 6, 2013 through
August 5, 2018


Visit GSA Advantage and search for us under Services - Environmental Services - Environmental Consulting:



899-1 and 899-1RC Environmental Advisory Services

  • Capture and tagging of birds, bats, and other small mammals
  • Radio and satellite telemetry deployment/monitoring/analysis
  • Acoustic bird and bat monitoring
  • Species inventories/censuses (terrestrial and aquatic)
  • Nocturnal and diurnal migration movements
  • Identifying migration and movement corridors
  • Population productivity and survival estimates
  • Ecological modeling
  • Endangered species surveys
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) studies
  • Information retrieval and synthesis


899-7 and 899-7RC Geographic Information Services (GIS)

  • Spatial extent and patterns of individuals marked with VHF/satellite transmitters
  • Identify spatial extent of contaminants
  • Assess distribution and potential impacts of contaminants in ecosystems and populations
  • Data consolidation from various sources into one single integrated tool
  • Natural resource planning 
  • Migration pattern analysis
  • Habitat modeling and conservation plans

Ecological and Scientific Services

Biodiversity Research Institute has been conducting scientific inquiries for government and private sector clients nationwide and globally since 1998. Using both traditional and innovative approaches, BRI scientists collect, analyze, and interpret scientific results on how ecological stressors impact living systems. By incorporating regional data and developing strategies for collecting additional data, BRI has effectively modeled such stressors on species and community distributions, phenology, adaptive strategies and population viability across tropical, temperate, and arctic biomes. Researchers at BRI excel in the capture of all avian species, bats, and small mammals toward comprehensive ecological services in following areas of expertise.


Contaminants and Toxicology – With over 17 years of experience, BRI is a national leader in collecting, analyzing, and publishing data on the fate and transport of mercury in ecosystems. Other investigations include historical or legacy contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and lead. Mercury samples are analyzed in BRI’s in-house laboratory. Specific experience includes:

Assessing contaminant levels in wild populations of:
  • Mammals
    • All bat species
    • Small mammals such as river otter and mink
  • Marine Birds
    • Black Guillemot
    • Black Skimmer
    • Dunlin
    • Leach’s Storm-Petrel
    • Northern Gannet
    • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Migratory Birds
    • Neotropical Migrants
  • Raptors 
    • Osprey 
    • Bald Eagle
    • Peregrine Falcon 
    • American Kestrel 
    • Vultures 
    • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Waterfowl 
    • Atlantic Brant
    • Eiders
    • Harlequin Ducks
    • Long-tailed Ducks
    • Mallards and Black Ducks
    • Surf and White-winged Scoters

Assessing contaminants in various ecosystems, including:

  • Wetlands 
    • Food-webs: birds, fish, herptofauna, invertebrates, organic soils
    • Demographic and Migratory studies
  • Tropics 
    • Biomagnifications and bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems
    • Human health related to consumption of fish

Developing wildlife risk assessments and contaminant exposure profiles.

Laboratory services provided by either:
  • BRI’s Mercury Laboratory
  • Affiliated accredited laboratories including, but not limited to:
    • Boston University
    • University of Connecticut
    • Texas A&M

Animal Movements – Capturing and tagging animals to gain insight on migratory patterns, local demographics, and other population-related metrics is one of BRI’s premier areas of expertise:

  • Transmitters
    • Satellite transmitters
    • VHF transmitters
    • Nanotags
    • Geolocators
    • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geographic exposure to mercury and other contaminants
    • Migratory patterns and wintering ranges
    • Spatial mapping of migratory bird and bat habitat
    • Distribution patterns

Renewable Energy Development – BRI is experienced with conducting studies designed to assess spatio-temporal effects of wide array of energy development on wildlife. 

Wind Energy – the effects of offshore wind energy development on marine birds, mammals, and cetaceans to research:
  • Determine bird, sea turtle, and marine life distributions and densities through:
    • High-definition aerial video surveys
    • Boat surveys
  • Document focal avian species movements and site fidelity through:
    • Satellite telemetry tracking
  • Assess nocturnal migration of avian and bat species using:
    • Acoustics monitoring
    • Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD)

Petroleum-based Energy
– BRI has considerable experience providing data on the short-term and long-term effects of oil and other petroleum-based (natural gas) energy development on avian and bat species. Experience includes working with trustees on Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) studies.
  • Estimating mortality and productivity rates.
  • Modeling population survival using mark/recapture and telemetry.
  • Tracking species’ movement using radio and satellite telemetry.
  • Documenting presence/absence of listed species.
  • Assessing overall wildlife health.

Hydropower-based Energy
– For more than 10 years, BRI has conducted wildlife, habitat, and contaminant research related to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requirements. These ecological services include:
  • Conducting wildlife surveys and shoreline ecosystem impacts of reservoirs in association with hydropower activities. 
  • Managing water birds to compensate for potential losses from hydrological management activities.
  • Examining contaminants related to water level fluctuations and other management activities on reservoirs.
Wildlife Health – BRI concurrently studies diseases such as avian influenza and botulism in avian species, and white-nosed syndrome in bats. Specific research includes:
  • Assessing avian health conditions.
  • Assessing oxidative blood damage from birds exposed to oil.
  • Long-term effects of contaminants biotic (prey) and abiotic (water and sediments) on avian health.

Certifications and Insurance

Biodiversity Research Institute is committed to the safety of our staff, our clients and the public. BRI operates under an ISNetWorld-approved safety plan, and we are fully insured to industry standards.
Photo Credits: Header photo © BRI-Jonathan Fiely
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