As Collisions Campaign Manager, Bryan's goal is to reduce the collision threat that the built environment, especially glass, poses to birds. To be successful, Bryan has to work on numerous fronts, including research, design, legislation, building code, education, outreach, and marketing. The target audience includes just about everyone – elected officials, private citizens, public employees, architects, corporations, universities, and anyone else who has the power to influence the design of new buildings or the operation of existing buildings (including homes).
Bryan joined ABC after working as the Director of community conservation program Bird City Wisconsin and as the Chief Scientist at the Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory. He has also played a critical role in the development of the Midwest Migration Network. Bryan is interested in using education, research, design, technology, and legislation to reduce threats to birds and build greener communities. A birder since his early teens, Bryan's undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led him to graduate work studying primate behavior and ecology in Latin America. Bryan was awarded a M.Sc. in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University and later attended Tulane University in New Orleans for an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physical (Biological) Anthropology where he examined the impacts of cattle ranching on a community of primates in the central Amazon. Bryan bird-watched his way through primatology field work in Belize, Peru, Costa Rica, and his dissertation work in Brazil before officially switching his career path from monkeys to birds.