WEST Careers: Experienced Biological Field Technician, Oahu, Hawaii
Field Technician(s) to help with an acoustic survey to assess Hawaiian hoary bat distribution on the island of Oahu.
For additional information or to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.west-inc.com/about-west-careers/
WEST’s David Young Jr. is a presenter on the Habitat Conservation Panel at the Independent Petroleum Association of America Strategic Planning Conference on Land Access and Environmental Issues, February 14 in Houston, Texas.
Find more information on this conference here: http://www.ipaa.org/meetings-events/event-details/?mid=426
A special edition of Endangered Species Research focusing on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill effects to marine mammals and sea turtles was recently released. WEST biometricians Trent McDonald and Fawn Hornsby are co-authors on 4 of the publications: “Estimating sea turtle exposures to Deepwater Horizon oil”, “Density and exposure of surface-pelagic juvenile sea turtles to Deepwater Horizon oil”, “Using salinity to identify common bottlenose dolphin habitat in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, USA”, and “Survival, density, and abundance of common bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay (USA) following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill”. Additional WEST researchers were involved with the multi-year project to determine the effect of the spill on various species including bottlenose dolphins and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.
You can access the special edition of Endangered Species Research at: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/esr/v33/
WEST’s Chad LeBeau, Greg Johnson, Ryan Nielson, and Trent McDonald are co-authors on “Greater sage-grouse male lek counts relative to a wind energy development” recently published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin. The study’s objective was to determine the response of male-sage grouse attending leks to wind energy development using a before/after-control/treatment study design.
You can view the publication here: http://onlinelibrary.
WEST research biologist Cyrus Moqtaderi is attending the Wildlife Society, Western Section Annual Meeting February 6-10 in Reno, Nevada. This meeting brings together wildlife professionals from around the region to foster professional development and share in engage in meaningful conversations on important issues impacting wildlife in the western US.
You can view the full schedule of events at: http://tws-west.org/reno2017/
We are pleased to welcome Martin Piorkowski to the WEST team! Martin joined WEST as a Project Manager in December 2016. He received a B.S. in biology at Penn State in 2001 and an M.S. in zoology at Oklahoma State University in 2006. He is a Wildlife Biologist with specific focus on wildlife and renewable energy interactions. He came to WEST after 5 years with the Arizona Game and Fish Department which he was largely responsible for designing and implementing landscape scale projects for state, federal, and Department of Defense agencies. Martin works with numerous protected and special status species across many taxa including bats, eagles, passerines, snails, ungulates, and plants. He also conducts work with more common species to better assess anthropogenic impacts to wildlife and potential implications to less common special status species. He has also carried out studies assessing the potential impacts of solar facilities on local wildlife communities in the Desert Southwest.
As a Project Manager with WEST, Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from organizations such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bat Conservation International, and both State and Federal agencies specifically focused on energy development and wildlife interactions. He retains technical skills such bio-acoustic analyses, mark-recapture techniques and analyses, GIS analyses, and technical writing skills.
We are pleased to welcome Wendy Bruso to the WEST team. Wendy joined WEST in 2016 as a Technical Reporting Manager and Entomologist. She brings over 12 years of diverse experience in Biological Research, Environmental Regulatory Compliance, and Technical Education.
Wendy received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wyoming in 2002, and studied the seasonality and nutrient cycling activity impacts of endocoprid dung beetles on rangeland ecology to earn her M.S. degree in Entomology from the University of Wyoming in 2004. Wendy also earned her M.Ed. degree in Education, Instruction, and Curriculum Design with an emphasis in technical training for research and environmental consulting needs.
Her technical training background includes teaching college coursework, designing curriculum for extension research trainings, leading field trainings and workshops to introduce participants to science-based biocontrol and horticulture management applications, collaborating on trainings of pest control staff for effective West Nile Virus mosquito suppression, coordinating and delivering community trainings, and presenting at seminars and professional conferences. She has also implemented technical assistance programs in several disciplines to enhance staff and client understanding and planning for current and changing regulatory parameters.
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) has established a Canadian operating company, Western Ecosystems Technology, ULC (WEST, ULC), that will be headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.WEST, ULC is proud to offer its Canadian clients the unique combination of ecology and statistical consulting services that have become the trademark of WEST since its founding in 1990.
We are pleased to welcome Nicholas Shaw to the WEST team. Nick is a project manager in WEST’s Houston, TX office. Before coming to WEST, Nick was employed as a regulatory analyst specializing in securing local, state, and federal environmental permits prior to the construction of oil and gas facilities. He has extensive experience working with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permitting program, including Section 404 Clean Water Act, and Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act. He has a sound understanding of the Endangered Species Act and NEPA guidelines and has great relationships with United States Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) staff at regional offices across Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana.
WEST senior biometrician Ryan Nielson is a co-author on the recently released publication “Prescribed Fire Effects on Activity and Movement of Cattle in Mesic Sagebrush Steppe”. This publication released in the Rangeland Ecology and Management is a collaboration between the US Department of Agriculture, Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences and WEST.
You can view the publication at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/