Chris Farmer, Ph.D. is a senior ecologist and project manager in WEST’s Lemoyne, Pennsylvania office. Chris has 20 years of experience as a professional ecologist, including nine years supporting renewable energy projects. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Science Education from the University at Albany and a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Prior to joining WEST, Chris was the principal biologist for DNV GL, an international energy advisory company. His research interests include predator-prey interactions, ungulate demography, avian breeding biology, and raptor migration ecology.
Chris provides technical and strategic expertise for energy projects, focusing on agency consultation support for complex wildlife-related issues at wind and solar energy facilities. He has worked across a broad range of sensitive species, including bald and golden eagles, Delmarva fox squirrel, gray wolf, lesser prairie-chicken, whooping crane, Indiana bat, and northern long-eared bat. Chris’ consulting experience includes avian, bat, and eagle surveys, post-construction fatality monitoring, Eagle Conservation Plans, Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies, and state and county permitting for energy facilities. Clients often look to Chris for strategic leadership and independent evaluation of wildlife due diligence related to their development pipelines and operational assets. He also is an industry thought leader in efforts to evaluate and deploy risk reduction techniques and technologies for wildlife.