Nimish Vyas, Ph.D.

Biography

I am a research biologist driven by my interest in avian conservation.  My research focuses primarily on identifying and addressing threats to birds and their environments that arise from human ignorance and arrogance.  My current work falls under ecotoxicology and invasive species research categories but my interests also encompass a myriad of other anthropogenic hazards to birds (for example, energy development, light pollution, avian trafficking and poaching, and illegal killings).  Much of my research produces publications with real-world applicability.  These publications have the unique property of direct implementation for avian conservation in the field.  Therefore, the publications have been used by natural resource managers, policy regulators, wildlife law enforcement agents, and U.S. Attorneys.  

Education:

  • B.S. 1986, University of Maryland
  • Ph.D. 1992, University of Maryland

Experience:

  • Biologist 1989-1992, US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Research Biologist 1992-current, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • Instructor  1995- current, US Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center course 'Pesticides and Fish and Wildlife Resources'.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Poultry Science, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.  1996- 1998. 
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park,  Maryland, USA.  1998-2000.
  • Co-professor for an undergraduate/graduate course, Ornithology, University of Maryland. 1994 and 1996.
  • Advised 3 MS thesis students and have participated as a graduate committee member for 1 MS and 3 PhD students.