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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

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BRI news stories have appeared in many regional, national, and international news outlets. These stories help promote awareness of our work, but also promote the general issues of conservation biology and the need to continue research in wildlife health and its implications to human health.

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News Archive

Jun 11, 2021

BRI Loon Biologist Awarded NSF Grant

NSF Research Fellowship awarded to graduate student and BRI seasonal field biologist

DANBURY, Connecticut — Ericka Griggs, a graduate student at Western Connecticut State University, has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her thesis proposal and work on loon biology and conservation. Griggs is entering her second year pursuing a master’s degree in Integrative Biological Diversity at WCSU.

Griggs, a resident of Hamden, works seasonally in Massachusetts as a Common Loon biologist with Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), headquartered in Portland, Maine. With BRI, Griggs aids in the effort to relocate Common Loons to Massachusetts after more than 100 years of relative absence from the area. Hunting, pollution and deforestation during the 18th and 19th centuries decimated the loon population of Massachusetts, although populations still live in New Hampshire, Maine and Canada.

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Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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