Ben Hale joined WEST in 2013 in the Bloomington, Indiana office as a permitted bat biologist. He has been studying bats since the summer of 2007 at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri where he received a B.S. in Biology. He studied different home range methods of the Indiana bat as part of his M.S. in Biology at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, graduating in 2012. During his time as a graduate student, he also conducted both pre-construction acoustic and mist-netting surveys as well as WNS cave and forest surveys in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. These projects included radio tracking of several Indiana bats as well as other Myotis species. He has also volunteered with surveys of neotropical bats.
At WEST, Ben is responsible for being a site leader and field coordinator in conducting summer surveys for endangered bat species including the Indiana and gray bat. He has performed presence/absence and/or habitat assessment surveys for bats in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. He also takes part in the field supervising of fatality surveys, project set-ups, data analysis, permitting and reporting.