Larisa Bishop-Boros joined WEST, Inc. in the spring of 2014 as a wildlife biologist in the Laramie, Wyoming office. Larisa has been active in wildlife biology and conservation ecology in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and Central America since 2006. She has been researching bats since 2008 as a project manager, field coordinator, and research ecologist for four environmental consulting firms, two universities, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Larisa received a M.S. degree investigating the influence of weather and latitude on bat ecology and reproduction in 12 species (Missouri State University) and a B.S. degree comparing acoustic monitoring and echolocation identification techniques of bats from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
At WEST, Larisa manages, coordinates, and conducts wildlife surveys for North American energy developers, including wind and solar facilities, transmission line, and natural gas pipeline. Larisa provides federal and state pre- and post-construction environmental compliance consultation, specializing in environmental permitting assistance and development of Habitat Conservation Plans, Eagle Conservation Plans, Environmental Assessments, Breeding Bird Conservation Strategies, Site Characterization Studies (Tier II, III, and IV WEG), and compensatory mitigation plans.
Larisa has 10 years of experience as a federally permitted Indiana bat, gray bat, northern long-eared bat, Virginia big-eared bat, and Ozark big-eared bat (greater long-nosed bat pending) biologist. She has extensive experience capturing 33 bat species in 25 states and acoustically detecting and qualitatively identifying North American bats in all U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Larisa manages the following bat project types: seasonal acoustic activity monitoring, summer presence/probable absence surveys, roost and foraging radio telemetry, spring and fall portal surveys and harp trapping, habitat assessments, summer maternity colony surveys, winter hibernacula population estimates and white-nose syndrome surveillance, and seasonal occupancy modeling. Over the course of her career, Larisa has investigated maternity colony use and networks, species distribution, spatial habitat association, alternative mitigation strategies, migratory corridor identification, Myotis winter activity, and range extensions, with peer-reviewed publications resulting from this research.
Larisa is proficient with statistical analysis using R code for avian and bat studies, novel study design and implementation to address industry research needs, and protocol development. She is currently active with post-construction monitoring, eastern spotted skunk habitat assessments, reptile and amphibian habitat suitability assessments, and the following surveys: avian use, small bird point count, prairie dog, eagle use, raptor and avian nest, aerial lesser prairie-chicken and sharp-tailed grouse, barred owl, breeding bird playback, native grassland, and vegetative community assessments.
Larisa also has a broad background surveying other wildlife, including experience live-trapping small mammals, collecting and identifying insects and aquatic macroinvertebrates, electrofishing, gill/fyke netting, assessing the health of streams, fatality searches, aquatic invertebrate sampling, elk reintroduction, and herpetofaunal inventories and habitat assessments.