Troy joined the WEST team in 2004 and is a wildlife biologist. He received his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1995, following ten years of wildlife research throughout the U.S. Currently for WEST, Troy is working renewable wind energy and lesser prairie-chicken projects. His wildlife work has included extensive time in helicopters and fixed-wing planes surveying for raptor nests, and specifically golden eagle nests, all over the western U.S., as well as running a range-wide lesser prairie-chicken project. Troy spends part of his late summer flying the western U.S. for population estimates on golden eagles. His other field work has included surveys such as black-footed ferret surveys, raptor nest surveys, greater sage-grouse lek counts (aerial and ground), lesser prairie-chicken lek surveys, sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys, pygmy rabbit surveys, midget faded rattlesnake surveys, avian use counts, mountain plover surveys, burrowing owl surveys, swift fox surveys, invasive weed surveys, wetland delineation, and rare plant and habitat mapping. He has developed and written Tier 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 reports for wind energy projects. He has also used ArcMap extensively to set-up projects, run analysis, and create figures.
Troy has a variety of experiences and knowledge. With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s black-footed ferret recovery program and Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge, Troy has studied black-footed ferrets, prairie dogs, waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and small mammals. His work included reintroducing black-footed ferrets to Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Previously, he surveyed for northern goshawks in the Targhee National Forest with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. He has also studied bald eagles with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, neotropical songbirds with Point Reyes Bird Observatory and University of Idaho, and small mammals, songbirds, and amphibians with Pennsylvania State University.