Brian Barbieri joined WEST in October 2018 as a GIS specialist in the Cheyenne, Wyoming office. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Evolutionary Biology from Case Western Reserve University in 2016. Prior to working for WEST, he worked as a field and lab technician for the West Nile Virus Surveillance program through the Chicago Department of Public Health. Brian then worked at the International Crane Foundation (IFC) in Baraboo, Wisconsin, beginning as a conservation education intern and later as a GIS intern. While at IFC, he analyzed black-necked crane habitat for projects in China and worked on official range maps for all 15 of the world’s crane species.
In addition to geography and ecology, Brian is passionate about paleontology. He has volunteered as a tour guide and fossil preparator at the Field Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and University of Wisconsin – Madison Geology Museum.