Kelsey Baird

Field Coordinator/Biologist

Kelsey is a field coordinator with WEST in Houston, Texas. She grew up in Scotland, where she spent the majority of her time outdoors. Kelsey went on to complete a Bachelors of Science with honors in Environmental Science & Biology from University of Stirling in Central Scotland. During her time at Stirling, she had the opportunity to participate in collecting data for a long-term study monitoring wintering activity of bats in Central Scotland. Following graduation, Kelsey moved to Maryland where she was accepted into a Master’s program as a candidate for the degree of Applied Ecology & Conservation Biology with the Dept. of Biology and Natural Resources at Frostburg State University.

During her academic career, Kelsey developed a keen interest in the human dimensions of wildlife, specifically pertaining to cases of human-wildlife conflict concerning piscivorous predators such as eurasian otters, Great cormorants, sawbill ducks, grey herons, and osprey. Her field research as a grad student focused on identifying recreational angler attitudes towards these piscivores in Scotland, the first formal assessment of its kind. She was accepted as a full member of the IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group as a result of her contribution towards otter conservation.