David Young serves as the Chief Executive Officer for WEST, working with the Board of Directors and senior management to deliver on the company’s long term visions and goals to provide excellent environmental consulting services to clients while maintaining the highest scientific standards. David’s leadership reflects the core values of WEST, providing clients with the highest level of specific scientific expertise, backed with the necessary statistical support that ensures excellent design and analysis to tackle difficult natural resource issues. Previously, David served as WEST’s Chief Operating Officer since January 2016. He is also a wildlife biologist and has been with WEST since 1992. David received a B.S. in Biology from Earlham College in 1986 and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Georgia in 1988. His specialty areas include threatened and endangered (T&E) species and wind power research.
David has received formal training in Endangered Species Act, Section 7 Consultation and Habitat Conservation Plans; conducted numerous T&E species surveys, clearances, and monitoring projects; written Biological Assessments for determining adverse effects from highway construction, water development, and wind projects; and been a paid and volunteer field technician studying many state and federally protected species, including Indiana bat, grey bat, Virginia big-eared bat, Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, black-footed ferrets, Washington ground squirrel, wood stork, mountain plover, Mexican spotted owl, bald eagles, Allen’s Cay rock iguana, Riley’s rock iguana, copperbelly water snake, Kirtland’s snake, green sea turtles, Wyoming toads, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Ute ladies’-tresses orchid, Colorado butterfly plant, and blowout penstemon.
David’s wind power work includes over 14 years of experience conducting avian and bat research at wind projects throughout the U.S., Canada, and Nicaragua. His experience includes pre-construction Phase 1 assessments and site characterization studies, baseline resource studies, post-construction avian and bat impact monitoring, T&E species surveys, Biological Assessments, Habitat Conservation Plans, and environmental impact statements. David has published several articles and presented wind project research at The Wildlife Society chapter meetings, the National Wind Coordination Collaborative, and American Wind Energy Association meetings. He has been an invited speaker and conducted workshops for wind-wildlife interactions and research.