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Kelly Lutsch

Field Coordinator/Bat Biologist

Kelly Lutsch joined WEST as a bat biologist/field coordinator in the Houston, Texas office. Kelly graduated with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Illinois in May 2015. As an undergraduate, her research focused on the human dimensions of resource availability in low income regions. Since 2015, Kelly has worked as a bat research technician for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Ecological Solutions Inc, and WEST, Inc. During this time she worked in over 10 states, gaining experience conducting summer surveys for bats, hibernaculum surveys, and radio-telemetry. In June 2019, Kelly completed her graduate research at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Her research involved examining the seasonal use of culverts by tri-colored bats in coastal Georgia. In an effort to monitor coastal Georgia for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, Kelly was responsible for the collection and analysis of over 300 environmental samples. At WEST, she will be conducting summer mist-net surveys for bats, coordinating field teams, and assisting in project development and report writing.