Meghan Lout is a project manager for WEST in the Burlington, VT office. She received her bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a certificate in tropical reforestation from The School for Field Studies, Australia. She also received her master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Her master’s research investigated bird song differentiation and implications of climate change on avian communities demonstrating patterns of high beta diversity in Costa Rica.
Meghan was a fieldwork vagabond prior to pursuing her master’s degree. During that time, she participated in numerous ecological monitoring projects that included waterfowl, shorebird, passerines, raptor, crane, condors and bats in the flattest to the most topographically complex locations in the US and Central America. Meghan has extensive capture and radio telemetry experience with threatened and endangered birds, and bat species of concern. She has also done vegetation mapping for noxious species management in Massachusetts and Australia, although her favorite types of work include breeding bird surveys, capturing and tracking bats, analyzing avian and bat acoustics and technical writing.