Science Advisors

The American Wind Wildlife Institute is strengthened by the engagement of outside scientists and technical experts who offer deep experience and impartial review of AWWI’s plans and products.

AWWI’s adjunct science advisors include:

Ed Arnett
Senior Scientist, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Sidney Gauthreaux
Professor (Emeritus) of Biological Science, Clemson University
Amanda Hale
Associate Professor of Biology, Texas Christian University
Manuela Huso
Research Statistician, U.S. Geological Survey
Doug Johnson
Research Statistician and Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
Dale Strickland
President & Principal Ecologist, WEST, Inc.


Ed ArnettEd Arnett, Senior Scientist, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Dr. Arnett received a Ph.D. in Forest Science from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Montana State University. Prior to joining the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in April 2012 to lead their energy programs, Dr. Arnett studied bats for more than 16 years and joined Bat Conservation International in 2004, where he led research efforts on bats and wind energy development, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America, The Wildlife Society (National and Colorado Chapter) and is a past president of the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Dr. Arnett served on the federal advisory committee that developed recommendations for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines for wind energy and wildlife, and chaired The Wildlife Society’s technical review committee on wind energy impacts on wildlife. He has published nearly 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and popular articles.


Sidney GautherauxSidney Gauthreaux, Professor (Emeritus) of Biological Science, Clemson University

Dr. Gauthreaux received his B.S. from the University of New Orleans, his M.S. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia.  He retired from Clemson University where he was a faculty member for 37 years, and joined GeoMarine, Inc. (Plano, Texas) as Senior Scientist in the area of Remote Sensing and Technology.  He also holds a part-time faculty appointment at the Center of Excellence in Airport Technology (CEAT) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he works on the assessment of avian radars for airport applications. His primary research interest is in bird migration, and he has used a combination of direct visual techniques and radar to assess the collision risks of birds to man-made structures such as transmission lines, tall towers, and wind turbines.  Dr. Gauthreaux is a fellow and past president of the Animal Behavior Society, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Ornithologists’ Union, and a member of several ornithological societies.



Amanda HaleAmanda Hale, Associate Professor of Biology, Texas Christian University

Dr. Hale received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami, and an M.S. in Ecology and a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University.  She is an Associate Professor of Biology at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.  Dr. Hale’s areas of expertise include ecology and evolution, genetics, and conservation biology, and she has field experience in a wide range of habitats across North America and Costa Rica.  In addition to her current research on wind-wildlife interactions, Dr. Hale is collaborating with colleagues at TCU, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Fort Worth Zoo on a conservation genetics study of the threatened Texas horned lizard, Phrynosoma cornutum.  Dr. Hale is a member of the American Ornithologist’s Union, Animal Behavior Society, Association of Field Ornithologists, Botanical Society of America, Cooper Ornithological Society, Horned Lizard Conservation Society, The Wildlife Society, and Wilson Ornithological Society.



Manuela HusoManuela Huso, Research Statistician, U.S. Geological Survey

Manuela Huso earned an M.S. in Statistics from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Evolutionary Ecology from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Biology from Whitman College. She joined the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC) as a Research Statistician in 2011 to address statistical issues involved in determining the effects of wind power development on wildlife and habitats. Before coming to the USGS she spent more than 20 years as a statistician at Oregon State University, teaching statistics to students in natural resources and collaborating with faculty and students in the College of Forestry to design research studies, develop appropriate statistical models, analyze data and interpret results. Since 2004, she has been involved in pre-construction study design and analysis as well as post-construction deterrent and curtailment study design at several wind power generation facilities.  Her recent research has focused on improving estimators of fatality in order to better assess the effects of wind power generation facilities on wildlife and the potential for mitigation of these effects through deterrent or management techniques. Ms. Huso serves on the National Wind Coordinating Committee’s Wildlife Working Group, and The Wildlife Society’s Renewable Energy Working Group and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Eagle Technical Assistance Taskforce.  She is a member of Sigma Xi, The International Environmetrics Society, The Wildlife Society and the American Statistical Association, for which she has served as treasurer, vice president and president of the Oregon Chapter.



Doug JohnsonDouglas Johnson, Research Statistician and Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Johnson received a Ph.D. in Zoology from North Dakota State University, an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  In 1970, Dr. Johnson joined the USGS’s Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, where he is now Research Statistician and Senior Scientist.  Dr. Johnson’s expertise is in the fields of statistics, monitoring and inventory methods, quantitative ecology, and avian biology.  Currently he, together with colleagues and students, is investigating the influence of wind turbines on breeding grassland birds, using acoustic and ultrasonic monitors to assess the intensity of low-level flights of birds and bats, Identifying migration pathways along and across the Great Lakes, and developing a Rapid Assessment Method for assessing risks of wind development to wildlife and their habitats.  He has been involved with wind-wildlife issues for more than a decade and has served the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative and The Wildlife Society.  He has published numerous scientific articles, and coauthored several recent reports on wind-wildlife issues.  He is an Honorary Member of The Wildlife Society, a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Statistical Association, Biometric Society, Royal Statistical Society, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Ecological Society of America, Cooper Ornithological Society, Wilson Ornithological Society, Society for the Study of Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences, and the Great Plains Natural Science Society (past president).



Dale StricklandDale Strickland, President & Principal Ecologist, WEST, Inc.

Dale Strickland is President and Senior Ecologist with Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc (WEST). He received a B.S. in Zoology in 1969 and an M.S. in Wildlife Management in 1972 from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wyoming in 1975. Dr. Strickland has over forty years of experience in ecological research and wildlife management. He is author of more than 100 papers, technical reports and book chapters in the scientific and popular literature on wildlife research and natural resource conservation and management. Dr. Strickland has served as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Energy Commission and served two years as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management. Dr. Strickland is a member of the National Wind Coordinating Committee’s Wildlife Working Group, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Communications Tower Working Group. Dr. Strickland also served on The National Academies, National Research Council, Committee on Environmental Impact of Wind Energy Projects and the Wildlife Society’s Committee reviewing the wildlife impacts from wind power development. Dr. Strickland served as a technical advisor to the Federal Advisory Committee developing recommendations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider as they revised wind energy development guidelines. on the. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America, Certified Senior Ecologist and a member of the Board of Professional Certification; The Wildlife Society, Certified Wildlife Biologist; the American Statistical Association; and, the Wyoming Chapter, The Wildlife Society, Past President.


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