Martin Piorkowski joined WEST as a project manager in 2016. He received a B.S. in Biology from Penn State in 2001 and a M.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University in 2006. Martin is a wildlife biologist with specific focus on wildlife and renewable energy interactions. He came to WEST after five years with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, where he was largely responsible for designing and implementing landscape-scale projects for state, federal, and Department of Defense agencies. Martin works with numerous protected and special status species across many taxa, including bats, eagles, passerines, snails, ungulates, and plants. He also conducts work with more common species to better assess anthropogenic impacts to wildlife and potential implications to less common special status species. Martin has also carried out studies assessing the potential impacts of solar facilities on local wildlife communities in the Desert Southwest.
As a project manager with WEST, Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from organizations such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bat Conservation International, and both state and federal agencies specifically focused on energy development and wildlife interactions. He retains technical skills such as bio-acoustic analyses, mark-recapture techniques and analyses, GIS analyses, and technical writing.