Celebrating Carmen Boyd

In 2013, Carmen began her WEST career at the headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She started in the Project Tracking and Data Team which supported WEST’s research on the interactions of wind energy and wildlife populations. Carmen is proud of her time managing the Team and she appreciated the Team’s cohesiveness, dedication, reliability and efficiency that […]

Celebrating Shay Howlin

Twenty-five years ago, Shay joined WEST as a statistician at the same time we opened the second ever brick-and-mortar office in Laramie, Wyoming. Joining the WEST team of four statisticians and six biologists was the perfect fit, combining her two chosen disciplines of statistics and wildlife ecology. Today WEST employs more than 40 statisticians, analysts […]

Welcoming Brenda Bhatti

WEST is excited to welcome Brenda Bhatti to our team as a Senior Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist! Brenda has been in wildlife and environmental consulting, land use, conservation, and project/business management for more than 25 years and has worked in a broad range of sectors that include transportation/infrastructure (e.g., bridges, airports), on/offshore wind and solar, energy/transmission, commercial/industrial […]

Welcoming Melinda Conners

WEST is thrilled to welcome Melinda Connors, Ph.D. to our team as a Senior Biologist! Melinda will support WEST’s offshore wind team and works remotely from Morro Bay, on the central California coast. She is a marine ecologist with more than 15 years of experience on offshore research projects. Her research focuses mainly on issues […]

WEST Publication: Accuracy, accessibility, and institutional capacity shape the utility of habitat models for managing and conserving rare plants on western public lands

WEST Associate Biologist Lea Selby is a co-author on the recently published research article, “Accuracy, accessibility, and institutional capacity shape the utility of habitat models for managing and conserving rare plants on western public lands”, published in Conservation Science and Practice. Public lands are managed for various uses, including rare plant conservation. The article examines […]

Celebrating Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth from WEST! Juneteenth has become a time to honor African American heritage, culture, and achievements. This day marks a significant milestone in history, symbolizing freedom and the ongoing struggle for equality. Juneteenth is now a federal holiday celebrated by many at WEST. Our attendance at various local events including parades, cultural festivals, and […]

Congratulations Hall Sawyer

WEST is excited to announce Hall Sawyer’s promotion to Principal Biologist. Hall joined WEST in 2002 and has since led several long-term studies focused on migration ecology and energy impacts to big game. Hall works with agencies and industry to conduct and communicate research in ways that improve management, mitigation, and planning efforts related to […]

Congratulations Amanda Hale

Join us in congratulating Amanda Hale on her promotion to Principal Biologist. Amanda joined WEST in 2022 as a Senior Research Biologist and Science Lead for the Bat Practice Group. Prior to joining WEST, Amanda was a Professor of Biology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (Go Frogs!), where she taught undergraduate and graduate […]

Congratulations Rhett Good

We are excited to announce Rhett Good’s recent promotion to Principal Biologist! Rhett joined WEST 26 years ago as a field biologist on a study that examined the impacts of wind energy on birds and bats at Foote Creek Rim, Wyoming; one of the first wind energy facilities constructed outside of California. Since that time […]

WEST Publication: Trends in greater sage-grouse lek counts relative to existing wind energy development in Wyoming

WEST Senior Biologist, Chad LeBeau is a co-author on the recently published research article, “Trends in greater sage-grouse lek counts relative to existing wind energy development in Wyoming,” published in Wildlife Society Bulletin. The article examines the impact of wind energy infrastructure on greater sage-grouse populations in Wyoming. WEST and University of Wyoming researchers analyzed […]