Karl Kosciuch, Ph.D. is a Biologist and Project Manager for WEST. Karl received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University, a Master of Science from Texas A&M University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology from Kansas State University. Prior to joining WEST, Karl worked as a senior biologist and project manager at Tetra Tech for 8 years. Karl’s graduate research focused on bird demography, and he conducted a large scale cowbird removal experiment at the Konza Prairie Biological Station in Kansas for his PhD research.
Karl has worked at the forefront of wildlife conservation and energy development including oil and gas, wind, solar, and transmission. He has worked across a broad range of sensitive species including eagles, lesser prairie-chicken, American burying beetle, whooping crane, black-capped vireo, desert tortoise, greater sage-grouse, and northern long-eared bat. Karl’s regulatory experience extends to NEPA documents, Eagle Conservation Plans, Habitat Conservation Plans, and state and county permitting for energy facilities. Karl is working at the leading edge of understanding the impacts of solar energy development on birds. In addition, Karl has provided expert testimony regarding wildlife impacts at county and utility commission hearings, and has presented at 14 industry-related conferences on wildlife issues.