BRI Biostations

BRI biostations are established in arctic, temperate and tropical ecosystems. Initial efforts emphasize local conservation issues.

One primary long-term goal is to monitor climate change and its impact on mercury methylation on ecosystem, hemispheric, and global scales.

"Life celebrates itself upon the land."
Jeff Fair, Wildlife Biologist

North Slope, Alaska

Since 2007, BRI’s work at the Arctic biostation, located on the open tundra of the North Slope, Alaska, has focused on the breeding ecology, year-round movements, and risk of contaminant exposure in the yellow-billed loon—one of the rarest breeding birds in the United States. Major collaborators include the U.S. Geological Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rangeley Lakes, Maine

The temperate biostation is the site of the longest and largest ongoing study to understand the demographics and mercury levels of the common loon in North America. BRI collaborates with NextEra Energy Resources and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to monitor more than 200 territorial pairs of loons on the Rangeley Lakes while also monitoring other species including the bald eagle, common merganser, river otter, and mink.

Bladen Nature Reserve, Belize

The tropical biostation, located adjacent to the Bladen Nature Reserve, is operated in collaboration with the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education. Studies examine heavy metal cycling in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the tropics and the long-term effects of climate change on mercury bioavailability.