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Brandi Welch-Acosta

Research Biologist/HCP Specialist

Brandi Welch-Acosta is a research biologist and member of the Habitat Conservation Plan Practice Group at WEST. Brandi received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Texas Tech University. Her graduate work focused on evaluating the effects of projected climate change on the reproduction and population dynamics of Mississippi kites.

Brandi began her career with WEST in 2017 as field technician in Texas and New Mexico, where she conducted avian use surveys, biomonitoring, and lesser prairie-chicken surveys. Prior to joining WEST, she worked as a graduate research assistant for the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, where her work focused mainly on evaluating the occupancy and abundance of birds of prey across the Southern Great Plains. Brandi also has experience in aerial terrain analysis, geodatabase management, and spatial analysis for wildlife studies.