Alex Brazeal joined WEST as a wildlife biologist and field coordinator in Bismarck, North Dakota. Before working for WEST, Alex received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University (SDSU). Both during his time at SDSU and after graduation, Alex had the opportunity to travel extensively and work on a wide array of wildlife and natural resource research projects, largely focusing on different aspects of avian ecology. More recently, he has been working as a private lands biologist, assisting landowners in developing wildlife habitat, mitigating impacts to wildlife from agricultural practices, and adopting best management practices to benefit wildlife and water quality.
Alex’s work as a field research technician gave him a strong background in developing field protocols for wildlife research and navigating the challenges associated with field research. A few of his past experiences dealt directly with wind energy impacts on grassland nesting bird species and bat and raptor monitoring efforts both pre- and post-construction to wind energy development.