Chad LeBeau has been conducting wildlife monitoring studies across the western U.S. since 2006. Chad’s work is highlighted by coordinating the first studies investigating the effects of wind energy infrastructure on greater sage-grouse, lesser prairie-chicken, and sharp-tailed grouse population ecology. He is a certified ecologist and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics that focus on human and wildlife interactions and species conservation. Chad has presented these topics at multiple national conferences where he is able to connect with some of the top researchers in the world. Chad’s pioneering work evaluating the effects of wind energy development on a greater sage-grouse population was featured in the New York Times. In addition, he designed, implemented, and analyzed a study to evaluate greater sage-grouse habitat to develop habitat conservation credits in the flagship greater sage-grouse habitat conservation bank in Wyoming.
While his research focuses on the interaction of wind energy infrastructure on grouse species, Chad has studied numerous other species including mule deer, pronghorn, white-tailed prairie dogs, and bald and golden eagles. His current research includes evaluating the effects of a wind energy facility on lesser prairie-chickens in Kansas and sharp-tailed grouse in South Dakota. In addition to species-specific research, Chad has consulted on multiple energy development projects across the western and southern U.S., where he has designed and implemented wildlife surveys, developed Eagle Conservation Plans and Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies, and assisted development of Habitat Conservation Plans.