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Wildlife Research and Field Biologist
Helen Yurek, B.S.
Helen holding a female Peregrine Falcon

Helen Yurek, B.S.

Wildlife Biologist


Helen received a B.S. in natural resources conservation with concentration in wildlife ecology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. While in school, she split her time between researching the roosting behavior of bats and working at the college’s herpetology lab. 

Helen began working for BRI in 2018 as a seasonal bat biologist. In 2020, she was brought on full time and now assists mainly with waterfowl research, though she is happy to help out in any department.


  • B.S. Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017


  • Radio telemetry 
  • Mist netting
  • Sea bird trapping and banding
  • Small mammal trapping and tagging

Research Interests

  • Waterfowl conservation and ecology
  • Bat conservation and ecology
  • Contaminant impacts on avian populations
Photo Credits: BRI-Chris DeSorbo
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