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BRI Consulting Services: Research Laboratories
BRI Consulting Services: Research Laboratories


About Our Lab

BRI’s Research Laboratory facilities include the Wildlife Toxicology Lab and the Wildlife Health and Pathology Lab.

The Wildlife Toxicology Lab provides analysis of tissue samples for total mercury using a Milestone Direct Mercury Analyzer - 80 and lead using our LeadCare ® II analyzer. Tissue samples we analyze regularly for total mercury concentration include feathers, fur, blood, muscle, and egg. Our sample processing capabilities include homogenizing samples using a centrifugal mill and freeze drying. Whole blood and post-mortem body fluids can be analyzed for lead. 

The Wildlife Health and Pathology Lab includes our necropsy facility for post-mortem examination of wildlife, and enables in-house processing of samples for routine health evaluation such as hematology and parasite examination.

Wildlife Health and Pathology Lab Supervisor: 
Tristan Burgess, B.V.Sc. PhD, Consulting Wildlife Health Program Director

Wildlife Toxicology Lab Supervisor: Kevin Regan



  • Total mercury determination (using a Direct Mercury Analyzer)
  • Lead ingestion and blood level determination (radiographic and blood analysis)
  • Tissue moisture determination (using a freeze dryer)
  • Tissue homogenization (using a cryogrinder)
  • Wildlife necropsies
  • Biosafety Level 2 capable
  • Wildlife health evaluation

Additional Lab Capabilities

In addition to its own laboratory capabilities, BRI has established relationships with distinguished labs around the country for specialty work:

  • Mercury and Metals
    • Texas A&M
    • University of Connecticut
    • Wright State University
    • Dartmouth College
  • Stable Isotopes
    • Boston University
    • University of Florida
    • University of Washington
    • Northern Arizona State
  • Genetics
    • Buffalo State University
    • University of New Hampshire
    • PAH5
    • University of Connecticut
  • Organics
    • Texas A&M
    • Wadsworth Center
  • Wildlife Health
    • University of Vermont

Laboratory Supervisors

Wildlife Health and Pathology Lab Supervisor
Tristan Burgess, B.V.Sc. PhD
Consulting Wildlife Health Program Director

Wildlife Toxicology Lab Supervisor
Kevin Regan, M.S.
207-839-7600 x107


  • Bird blood, feathers, talon tips, and eggs
  • Mammal blood, fur, and organs
  • Fish muscle and whole body
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