Wendy Bruso joined WEST in 2016 as a Technical Reporting Manager and Entomologist. She brings over 12 years of diverse experience in Biological Research, Environmental Regulatory Compliance, and Technical Education.
Wendy received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wyoming in 2002, and studied the seasonality and nutrient cycling activity impacts of endocoprid dung beetles on rangeland ecology to earn her M.S. degree in Entomology from the University of Wyoming in 2004. Wendy also earned her M.Ed. degree in Education, Instruction, and Curriculum Design with an emphasis in technical training for research and environmental consulting needs.
Prior to joining WEST, Wendy oversaw state and federal environmental regulatory compliance for Oil & Gas, Coal-Bed Methane, and Underground Injection clientele pertaining to water discharge, soils, solid/hazardous waste, and air quality. Wendy has published research on beetle nutrient cycling activity, and researched the ecology and control efficacy of West Nile Virus mosquitoes, vegetative ecology, bovine lice control, dog heartworm mosquito populations, fisheries biology, and multiple extension research projects including utilization of coal-bed methane water for crop irrigation, IPM trials, and dryland crops.
Her technical training background includes teaching college coursework, designing curriculum for extension research trainings, leading field trainings and workshops to introduce participants to science-based biocontrol and horticulture management applications, collaborating on trainings of pest control staff for effective West Nile Virus mosquito suppression, coordinating and delivering community trainings, and presenting at seminars and professional conferences. She has also implemented technical assistance programs in several disciplines to enhance staff and client understanding and planning for current and changing regulatory parameters.
Wendy values collaborating to achieve strategic program implementation and improvement. She has received awards for guiding data-driven research-based community initiatives incorporating technical instruction and research-based programs. She has also conducted extensive employee and client surveys paired with systematic program analysis to lead and overhaul programs to include complex new regulations and evidence-based practices.