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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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Oct 11, 2012

Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy to speak at Spotlight on Ecoscience

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces its fourth annual Spotlight on Ecoscience event, which will feature internationally renowned conservation biologist Thomas E. Lovejoy, Ph.D. This public presentation will be held on Wednesday, November 14 in the Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromsom Center, at the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus. Opening remarks will begin at 7:00 pm, with a cocktail reception preceding at 6:00 pm.

"We are honored to host Dr. Lovejoy for our Spotlight event," says Patrick Keenan, BRI's outreach and education director. "He is at the forefront of today's most pressing conservation issues and will share with us his perspectives as aleading national and international science policy advisor and interpreter of science."

The evening program will include Dr. Lovejoy's presentation, entitled The Land of Cinnamon and Gold: The Amazon over the Five Centuries since de Orellana's Expedition, to be immediately followed by a panel discussion centered on his Looming Questions for Conservation in the 21st Century. MPBN's deputy news director, Susan Sharon, will moderate the panel discussion, which will include representative science and policy experts. The Spotlight event is open to the public. Admission is $25/person; $8/student with valid ID. Registration is recommended. Contact

Lovejoy's visit to Maine will also include an afternoon workshop designed to engage local students and educators in a discussion about conservation issues. The workshop will take place November 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, at the Abromsom Center of the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Admission is free, however, space is limited and registration isrequired. To register for the afternoon session, contact

"Students will bechallenged to think critically about how to address these looming conservation issues within the modern tensions ofeconomic development, human welfare, technological advancement, and public policy," says Keenan. "Of course, at the heart of the discussion will be the role of science and scientific inquiry in thisprocess."


The mission of Biodiversity Research Institute is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. BRI researchers work throughout the world in a variety of ecosystems and with a variety of wildlife species. 


Thomas E. Lovejoy, Ph.D. is a University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and holds the Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment in Washington, D.C. Spanning the political spectrum, he served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Administrations. He was the World Bank's Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for the Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. For more information, visit

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