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Consulting Services: Government and Industry
Consulting Services: Government and Industry

BRI's Research Capabilities

At the core of BRI's mission is a collaborative approach to wildlife research. Our scientists regularly work with federal and state government agencies, consulting firms, and commercial clients to meet the needs of regulatory requirements. These collaborations blend complementary strengths to build trust, foster learning, and craft creative solutions to pressing ecological issues. Our approach efficiently serves the needs of our clients while also promoting renewable energy development to combat climate change and enhance wildlife populations.
Hydroelectric Energy Development

Hydroelectric Energy Development

BRI has a strong history working in partnership with hydroelectric companies, private consultants, state and federal resource agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to develop and execute wildlife and fisheries studies related to hydro licensing and compliance.

Our staff represent decades of experience working with the hydro industry. We are intimately familiar with the FERC process, and provide sound science, designed to meet the unique needs of hydro licensing studies, and compliance efforts. BRI scientists have been involved in a broad array of pre-licensing studies – working with everything from mussels and fish to birds and mammals - for the successful relicensing of numerous hydroelectric projects. Our staff have also performed ongoing compliance work – from tributary access surveys to mercury monitoring in biota, and Common Loon management - on several projects for more than two decades.

For more information, download our pdf flyer HERE.

Photo: BRI Biologists check on a pair of loons who are nesting on a floating platform, used to mitigate nest losses on fluctuating hydro reservoirs.

Wind Energy Development

Wind Energy Development

Our biologists have a breadth of expertise researching and monitoring wildlife in relation to terrestrial and offshore wind energy facilities. We work in partnership with state and federal agencies, developers, environmental consultants, universities, and nongovernmental organizations to address the needs of pre-construction and post-construction studies and monitoring. Our capabilities range from performing standard pre- and post-construction studies, to designing cutting-edge studies that use the newest technology and techniques to answer complicated questions.

For more information, download our pdf flyer HERE.

Photo: BRI Biologists conduct boat surveys to study marine wildlife relative to offshore wind development. 

Solar Energy Development

Solar Energy Development

BRI biologists work closely with solar developers, wildlife agencies, environmental consultants and engineers to conduct inventories of wildlife – including birds, mammals, pollinators, and amphibians/reptiles - on parcels that are being proposed for solar development. Our biologists draw upon an extensive research and monitoring background to properly design and conduct surveys required for solar project permitting, and to interface with wildlife and regulatory agencies throughout the process.

For more information, download our pdf flyer HERE.

Photo: A BRI Scientist installs an acoustic bat detector to monitor bat activity in an area of proposed development.

Threatened and Endangered Species: ESA and NEPA compliance

Threatened and Endangered Species: ESA and NEPA compliance

BRI has a strong team of wildlife experts with extensive capabilities in researching and monitoring wildlife, including species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We conduct a range of survey types including baseline presence/absence, distribution and abundance, home range, telemetry, and acoustics. We have a proven history working with large-scale landowners, such as the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), private consultants, and state and federal natural resource agencies, to develop and conduct wildlife studies related to ESA and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance. Our skills range from study planning and management to field work, data management, statistical analyses, and reporting.

For more information, download our pdf flyer HERE.

Photo: A BRI Biologist prepares to release a Northern Long-Eared Bat after banding.

Contaminants: Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Superfund

Contaminants: Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Superfund

BRI has established capabilities working with federal agencies to assess damage to natural resources due to contaminants exposure from industrial point source pollution. With over 20 years of experience, BRI is a national leader in collecting, analyzing, and publishing data on the fate and transport of mercury in ecosystems. Other investigations include historical or legacy contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and lead. Mercury samples are analyzed in BRI’s in-house laboratory.

For more information, download our pdf flyer HERE.

Photo: A Bald Eagle nestling sits in its nest after being sampled for contaminants by BRI Biologists.

Data Science

Data Science

BRI scientists have comprehensive and exemplary capabilities in data managment, analysis and modeling. We achieve the highest quality in data preparation and standardization, ensuring quality control of data processing and management.

For more information, download our pdf flyer HERE.

Photo: A visualization of a predictive model for animal abundance

 
Photo Credits: Header images: Wood turtle being measured © BRI-Bill Hanson; Acoustic detector for bats © BRI-Staff; Fish capture for telemetry © BRI-Tim Welch; Telemetry tracking in winter © BRI-Tim Welch; Peregrine falcon with satellite transmitter © BRI-Alex Dalton. Loon on a raft © BRI-Staff; Bat acoustic detector installation © BRI-Staff; Banded scoter © BRI-Lucas Savoy; Northern long-eared bat © BRI-Caroline Byrne; Bald Eagle nesting after banding and sampling © BRI-Bill Hanson.
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