WEST is hiring a full time, experienced Technical Reporting Manager in our Cheyenne, WY office.
The Technical Reporting Manager will work with our team of technical editors, natural resource specialists, scientists and biometricians. The Technical Reporting Manager will also be responsible for developing the training and protocol for reporting and communications throughout WEST. The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in scientific/technical writing and editing, and possess a degree in Biology, Ecology, Zoology or related field or a degree in English with a minimum of 3-5 years of scientific/technical writing and editing experience.
For additional information or to apply for this position, please visit: http://westinc.catsone.com/careers/
WEST’s Ryan Nielson is attending the Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, October 15-18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This annual event is one of the largest gatherings of wildlife professionals and students in North America.
More information on the conference and a full schedule can be found at: http://www.twsconference.org/about/
We are currently looking for a Project Manager/Biologist in our Cheyenne, Wyoming office. The ideal candidate will have a professional consulting experience and at minimum a bachelor’s degree. Avian or bat ecology are the primary areas of technical expertise sought, but those with wetlands, plant, wildlife or other areas of ecology will be considered. Project management experience including budgeting, proposal writing, and a track record for maintaining positive relationships with clients are preferred.
Interested candidates should visit: http://westinc.catsone.com/careers/
Dr. Karl Kosciuch, WEST biologist, will be attending the Solar West conference in Edmonton, Alberta on October 6-7. The conference is the premier solar energy event in Western Canada. Karl will be a panelist during the Permitting Large Ground Mount Facilities session at 2:00 pm on October 7.
For additional information and the complete conference schedule visit: http://solarwestconference.ca/
“Risk assessment and management of brucellosis in the southern greater Yellowstone area (II): Cost-benefit analysis of reducing elk brucellosis prevalence.” was recently published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. WEST’s Mandy Kauffman is a co-author on the publication. This manuscript describes (1) the use of this model to simulate the effectiveness of various elk brucellosis seroprevalence reduction strategies and (2) the costs of implementing these management strategies in order to evaluate their cost-effectiveness.
This is the companion manuscript to the previously released “Risk assessment and management of brucellosis in the southern greater Yellowstone area (I): A citizen-science based risk model for bovine brucellosis transmission from elk to cattle.”
The publication can be accessed here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587716304147 .
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The rusty patch bumblebee has seen an estimated decline in population of 91%, and is now found only in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. The USFWS published the proposed listing on September 22, 216 with proposal comments being accepted through November 21, 2016.
You can read the press release on the proposed listing here: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/849.html
WEST’s Lori Nielsen and Joyce Pickle are attending the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) Power Lines Workshop, September 26-27 in Madison, Wisconsin. WEST will also have a booth in the Vendor Session. If you are in attendance, please stop by and say hello!
Additional information on the conference and a complete schedule can be found at:http://www.aplic.org/index.php
WEST’s Mandy Kauffman is the lead author on a new publication “Risk assessment and management of brucellosis in the southern greater Yellowstone area (I): A citizen-science based risk model for bovine brucellosis transmission from elk to cattle.” was recently published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. The publication describes the use of survey/interview data to develop a spatially-explicit risk model for brucellosis transmission from elk to cattle in the southern greater Yellowstone Area. A forthcoming companion manuscript will describe (1) the use of this model to simulate the effectiveness of various elk brucellosis seroprevalence reduction strategies and (2) the costs of implementing these management strategies in order to evaluate their cost-effectiveness.
The publication can be accessed at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587716302677.
We are looking for an experienced Ecologist in Bloomington, Indiana. Primary skills we are seeking for the position are: 1) ability to identify eastern plants, 2) experience conducting avian and bat surveys, 3) good verbal communication and interpersonal skills, 4) good writing skills, and 5) project management/organizational skills. A Master’s degree or higher in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree is preferred.
If you are interested or know of anyone interested please visit the link below for more information. http://westinc.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrderID=7814212
“Modeling Late-Summer Distribution of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the Western United States” was released today in PLOS ONE. WEST’s Ryan Nielson is lead author on the publication that helps to identify areas of major importance to the golden eagle. The authors estimated eagle abundance based on aerial line-transect surveys that WEST conducted from 2006-2010, and modeled the density of golden eagles using a technique that associates landscape-level characteristics with abundance. Evidence was found of positive relationships between intensity of use by golden eagles and elevation, solar radiation, and wind speed. Additionally, they found a negative relationship with areas of developed and forested land. A map was developed from the model to predict intensity of use by golden eagles during late summer across the study area. This work can help prioritize landscapes for conservation, identify where mitigation may be most effective, and identify key areas for additional research.
The publication is on PLOS ONE here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0159271
The publication has been featured in several news stories as well: