Quentin Hays received a B.S. with Honors degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana before attending the University of Western Ontario, where he earned an M.Sc. in Biology studying the migration physiology and stopover timing of Wilson’s warblers in Arizona. Before joining the WEST team full-time, Quentin was an associate professor of natural resources at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Ruidoso, New Mexico, where he also owned and operated a small biological consulting firm that focused on working with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on threatened and endangered species, including the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Most recently, Quentin managed a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (USFS) grant that implemented forest treatments in Mexican spotted owl habitat and monitored response for the first time.
Prior to his time at ENMU, Quentin worked with a number of different agencies, organizations, and institutions, including the USFS, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Ducks Unlimited, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bat Conservation International, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Washington. Quentin has worked on alternative energy projects across the U.S. for more than 10 years. Quentin is also a Master Bird Bander and certified wildland firefighter. Additionally, he is a licensed EMT and maintains a number of other ancillary medical qualifications.