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Guy DiDonato


Guy DiDonato is a professional field ecologist with extensive research experience and expertise in field-based aquatic and general ecology, environmental monitoring, and experimental design.

Guy has conducted ecological research in a wide variety of aquatic habitats, including lakes, streams, rivers, tidal creeks, and nearshore coastal waters. His primary interest is in using both environmental and biological data to provide robust assessments of ecological condition. Guy has authored or contributed to research papers and technical reports and presented findings at regional, national, and international conferences.

Before joining WEST in 2013, Guy worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, served as a contractor for the Hollings Marine Laboratory, and managed natural resource programs for the National Parks Conservation Association.

Since joining WEST, Guy has analyzed a variety of wind-related studies, including both pre-construction bird and bat use surveys and post-construction bird and bat fatality estimates. In addition to working on renewable energy topics, he has also managed and analyzed data for wildlife aerial surveys, including the Western-Wide Golden Eagle Survey and recent wild horse surveys.

Guy received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.