Chad Rittenhouse joined WEST in 2016 as a Research Biologist.Chad received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society. Prior to joining WEST, Chad was visiting assistant professor and coordinator of the Sustainable Environmental Planning & Management online graduate certificate program at the University of Connecticut. While at the University of Connecticut, Chad mapped forest disturbance and early successional forest to estimate potential habitat for New England Cottontail in Connecticut, provided geospatial and decision-making support for the Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan revision, and conducted a review of Landscape Conservation Design projects for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the eastern United States.