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BRI wildlife research biologists, along with a wide range of collaborating scientists, conduct innovative wildlife science around the globe. Always at the forefront of our work is attention to the care of the wildlife we handle. Here, a biologist measures the beak of a Cooper's Hawk.

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Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), a nonprofit ecological research group based in Portland, Maine, conducts innovative wildlife science worldwide.

BRI’s Center for Mercury Studies plays a lead scientific role in understanding the exposure and effects of mercury on wildlife in New England, North America, and around the world. The Center for Waterbird Studies is dedicated to assessing current and emerging threats to waterbirds. The programs in our Center for Ecology and Conservation Research aim to understand the workings of wildlife and their habitats while exploring how ecological stressors affect different species and ecosystems.

BRI's researchers are available to talk to journalists and provide expert information on both their work and the broader topics of their expertise. 

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Deborah McKewCommunications Director


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Oct 15, 2018

BRI Announces Publication of a State-of-the-Science Review of Mercury Biomarkers in Humans

In collaboration with mercury researchers from around the world, BRI's review article, "A State-of-the-Science Review of Mercury Biomarkers in Human Populations Worldwide between 2000 and 2018," was recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives

The review article summarizes peer-reviewed literature reporting mercury concentrations in human hair, blood, and urine from over 330,000 indiviudals from 75 countries around the world. The review identifies four broad populations of concern, and highlights the importance of continued biomonitoring - especially in geographic regions and subpopulations with limited data - in light of certain stipulations in the Minamata Convention on Mercury. 

Click here to read the full article.

Photo Credits: Cooper's Hawk © BRI-Rick Gray
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