Victoria Zero is a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) specialist with expertise in wildlife ecology, group facilitation, genetic methods, GIS, and statistics. Victoria interned with WEST in 2014, and she began her current position at the Laramie, Wyoming office in 2018. She holds a B.A. degree in Biology from Reed College and M.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management with a Minor in Statistics from the University of Wyoming. There, she focused on the ecological relationships between amphibians and beavers and the utility of traditional and environmental DNA methods for modeling species occurrence.
Victoria has over 15 years of experience conducting biological field studies around the world on diverse taxa, including endangered species like Grand and Otago skinks and Grevy’s zebra. She has authored peer-reviewed articles on comparative mark-recapture methods, ecology using occupancy models, and network-based approaches to landscape genetics. For the National Park Service, she completed the wildlife portions of four Natural Resource Condition Assessments, including those on bird communities, black-footed ferrets, swift fox, bison, and black-tailed prairie dogs. She also co-authored an upcoming book chapter on the effects and mitigation of wind energy on lesser-studied wildlife, like insects and carnivores.