Disturbance & Impact Studies


ABR’s team of scientists has extensive experience in quantifying disturbances and evaluating associated impacts to wildlife in both terrestrial and marine environments. Our evaluations of the impacts of human disturbance on wildlife and their habitats have included oil spills, oil field development, onshore/offshore wind energy development, solar energy development, communication towers, powerlines, lighting, traffic, aircraft, and noise-related disturbances. Our specific areas of expertise include:

  • design and analysis of complex field studies
  • field sampling of distribution/abundance, behavior and activity patterns, and reproductive performance in birds and mammals
  • impacts to and recovery of seabirds, raptors, shorebirds, and marine mammals from oil spills (link)
  • impacts of industrial development and noise on the distribution/abundance, reproductive performance, and behavior and activity patterns of birds and caribou
  • impacts of powerlines, wind turbines, and communication towers on bats and birds, including endangered nocturnal seabirds
  • effects of an anti-collision lighting system on migrating eiders
  • advice on mitigating impacts
  • expert witness and percipient witness testimony
  • NEPA documentation and permitting support
ABR's triple bottom line: "Environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability"