Michael Gerringer joined WEST in 2015 as a wildlife biologist, Michael has a strong background in conducting and managing avian field research, developing validation methods for avian radar and other bird deterrent systems, testing avian radar systems in airport and wind farm settings, use of fixed-wing and multi-rotor UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for research purposes, radar data analysis, and report writing. His experience includes conducting avian field studies, wind farm pre and post-construction studies, eagle monitoring, turbine curtailment, managing wildlife studies at solar energy facilities, and supervising studies at wind energy facilities. Mr. Gerringer also has experience with technical writing including project specific pre-construction reports and post-construction monitoring (PCM) wind and solar reports, Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies (BBCS), Habitat Conservations Plans (HCP), site characterizations, Biological Assessments (BA), and research proposals.
During his undergraduate education at Cedarville University Michael was involved in tall grass prairie research and restoration work. He had the opportunity to study tree swallow behavior and reproduction at Cornell University, which served as his senior project. After completing his undergraduate work, He was invited back to Cornell to continue tree swallow research for another season. Michael has served as a volunteer bird bander at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, a field technician for a USGS/Virginia Tech project to study the winter ecology of the coastal plain swamp sparrow, and a research technician at The Ohio State University to conduct canopy nesting bird research. He has also served as a contractor at the Air Force Institute of Technology where he worked with engineers on a project aimed at deriving bio-inspired cooperative control algorithms from the cooperative hunting behavior of the Harris’ Hawk and applying them to the cooperative control of multiple unmanned systems with applications to border patrol, pipeline monitoring, and reconnaissance missions. During his 3 year Masters program, Michael conducted an evaluation of the DeTect Merlin Avian Radar System for the FAA to determine if avian radar systems would be an effective tool in addressing the hazard posed by bird-aircraft collisions at commercial airports. Mike also worked as a staff biologist for NaturEner where he monitored for eagles, curtailed turbines, conducted PCM work, and was in charge of evaluating avian detection technologies.