Chad LeBeau has been conducting wildlife monitoring studies across the western U.S. since 2006 and coordinated the first study investigating the impacts from a wind energy development to greater sage-grouse populations. Chad is a Certified Ecologist and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals on topics that focus on human and wildlife interactions and species conservation. He has presented these topics at multiple national conferences where he is able to connect with some of the top researchers in the world. He is considered an expert in greater sage-grouse population biology where he has studies the species for the last nine years. His pioneering work evaluating the effects of wind energy development on a greater sage-grouse population was featured in the New York Times. In addition, he designed, implemented, and analyzed a study to evaluate greater sage-grouse habitat to develop habitat conservation credits in the flagship greater sage-grouse habitat conservation bank in Wyoming.
While his research focuses on greater sage-grouse, Chad has studied numerous other species including mule deer, pronghorn, white-tailed prairie dogs, lesser and greater prairie-chicken, and bald and golden eagles. His current research includes evaluating mule deer survival in southern Colorado, effects of a wind energy facility on lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas, and the effects of transmission lines on greater sage-grouse populations. In addition to species specific research, Chad has consulted on multiple energy development projects across the western and southern U.S. where he has designed and implemented wildlife surveys, developed Eagle Protection Plans and Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies, and assisted development of Habitat Conservation Plans.