Larisa Bishop-Boros joined WEST, Inc. in 2015 as a Wildlife Biologist. Larisa has been active in wildlife biology and conservation ecology continuously since 2006. Since 2008 she has worked on bat studies as a project manager, project supervisor, research biologist, consulting ecologist, research assistant, and crew leader for four environmental consulting firms, two Universities, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). Larisa received a M.S. degree from Missouri State University in Biology, and her B.S. from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in conservation biology. Her graduate and undergraduate research focused on bat ecology, reproduction, and acoustic monitoring techniques.
She has concentrated on pre- and post-construction land development projects, and has extensive experience capturing 33 bat species in 21 states and acoustically detecting and qualitatively identifying North American bats throughout the United States. Larisa’s regulatory experience includes Habitat Conservation Plans and she prepares bat activity reports, management recommendations, white papers, and Site Characterization Studies. Ms. Bishop-Boros is proficient with statistical analysis using R code for avian and bat studies, study design and implementation to assess summer presence/probable absence, maternity colony use and networks, species distribution, acoustic habitat association, alternative mitigation techniques, spring and fall portal surveys and harp trapping, habitat assessments, Myotis winter activity, and seasonal occupancy modeling. In addition, Larisa conducts large and small-bird point count surveys, avian use surveys, aerial lesser prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse surveys, and Site Characterization Studies.