Scientific Research

"The drive toward perpetual expansion - or personal freedom - is basic to the human spirit. But to sustain it we need the most delicate, knowing stewardship of the living world that can be devised."
—Edward O. Wilson

Tracking the Peregrine Falcon with satellite transmitters helps us understand how they survive in the face of ecological stressors. Photo © Al Hinde

BRI’s applied scientific research answers questions critical for maintaining a healthy earth. Our diverse team of experienced field biologists is dedicated to the principles of conservation biology—the science and practice of conserving biological diversity. This philosophy infuses our daily work and long-term vision.

BRI incorporates both traditional and innovative approaches toward solving ecological issues. Through scientific research, we provide decision makers with the data necessary to make informed policy decisions that conserve resources and protect our environment.

BRI’s Research Centers

More than 15 years of conservation driven research has brought us significant expertise in environmental toxins and bioaccumulation in organisms, as well as in wildlife movements and habitat use. Our centers of excellence highlight these areas and provide a wealth of information to collaborating scientists, educators and students, policymakers and regulators, natural resource managers, and the general public.

Center for Mercury Studies -- BRI continues to play a leading scientific role in understanding the exposure and effects of mercury on wildlife in New England, North America, and around the world.

Center for Loon Conservation – BRI’s loon experts offer a comprehensive resource for local and global communities concerned with loon preservation.

Center for Ecology and Conservation Research – BRI has established 10 research programs to better understand ecological health through the lens of animals.