Kristen Chodachek joined WEST's Bismarck, North Dakota team as a Wildlife Biologist in 2008. She received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Manitoba, Canada and her M.S. in Wildlife from Louisiana State University. Kristen's experiences include working with and managing waterfowl, raptors and conducting aerial surveys from a fixed wing aircraft for big game and birds. Her experiences in avian ecology include trapping, monitoring, radio telemetry (aerial and foot) and nuisance management in Wyoming, North Dakota, Louisiana and Manitoba.
Before moving to North Dakota, Kristen lived and worked in Wyoming, conducting both aerial and ground-based field surveys for T&E and special-status species in relation to the industrial developments (natural gas, surface coal mining, wind energy and power line projects) in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Her current work with WEST includes conducting pre- and post construction wildlife surveys at proposed wind energy sites and technical report writing.
Kristen lives in Bismarck, North Dakota with her husband, Paul and dog Aiden. In her off time, she enjoys outdoor recreation, hockey, baking, crafts, and spending time with her family and friends.