Science Advisors

The work of the American Wind Wildlife Institute is strengthened by technical review of AWWI’s plans and products by outside scientists and technical experts.

Participation by AWWI Science Advisors does not imply endorsement of AWWI’s program or findings. Science Advisors provide technical input to AWWI on specific matters at the request of the Director of Research.

AWWI’s science advisors include:

Ed Arnett
Senior Scientist, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Amanda Hale
Associate Professor of Biology, Texas Christian University
Doug Johnson
Research Statistician and Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
Dale Strickland
President & Principal Ecologist, WEST, Inc.
Leslie New Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Washington State University, Vancouver


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.


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.



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.



Leslie New Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Washington State University, Vancouver
Dr. Leslie New graduated from Cornell University (BS in Natural Resources, 2003) and the University of St Andrews (PhD in Statistics and Biology, 2010). She remained at St Andrews as a postdoctoral fellow, before continuing her research with the US Marine Mammal Commission and the US Geological Survey at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Washington State University, Vancouver, where she focuses on statistical ecology. Her research interests include the practical application of hierarchical Bayesian state-space models, understanding and mitigating human-wildlife conflict, and quantitatively assessing the population consequences of disturbance. Dr. New is particularly interested in the quantification, incorporation and propagation of uncertainty in statistical models used for management and conservation decisions.

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