Director of Programs and Operations
American Wind Wildlife Information Center Manager
Technology Innovation Manager
| Paige Johnson
Outreach and Engagement Manager
Abby Arnold, Executive Director
Abby Arnold manages collaboratives that elevate the best available science into decision-making to achieve results. As Executive Director for the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) since 2010 and as AWWI’s interim director during its founding, Abby works with wind energy industry and conservation and scientific partners to facilitate wind energy development while protecting wildlife. As Principal/Senior Mediator at Kearns & West, Abby has been lead facilitator and strategic advisor for the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, the Department of the Interior’s Wind Turbine Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee, and many other regional and national collaborations. Abby holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Environmental Planning and Politics from UC Santa Cruz. She has three grown children, lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, and periodically gets to Juneau, AK, her second home, where she enjoys the great outdoors.
Taber Allison, Ph.D., Director of Research
Taber Allison is an ecologist with special expertise in wind-wildlife impacts. He joined AWWI in December 2010 to direct all research initiatives. Previously, Taber was Vice President for Science, Policy and Climate Change at the Massachusetts Audubon Society, where he led Mass Audubon’s environmental evaluation of wind energy and climate change. Taber has served at the National Science Foundation, was Director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and taught at Ohio State University and the University of Colorado. Taber serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative and is a member of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Outer Continental Shelf Scientific Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. degree in Biology from Wesleyan University.
Lauren Flinn, Director of Programs and Operations
Lauren Flinn oversees AWWI’s operations and program work, including facilitating the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC). She has over 10 years of experience working on environmental issues at the local, national, and international level, and she brings experience in project management, facilitation, meeting planning, consensus building, regulatory analysis, and outreach to AWWI. Prior to joining AWWI, Lauren supported the NWCC at RESOLVE and was an associate with ICF International in the company’s Energy and Resources Practice. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Williams College.
Stu Webster, Senior Manager, Technology Innovation and Research
Stu S. Webster joined the AWWI team in 2017 as Senior Manager, Technology Verification & Research. Stu joined AWWI after constructing two residences by Anne Schmidt of Lewallen Build, LLC. Prior to swinging a hammer Stu was Director of Permitting and Environmental Affairs for Iberdrola (now Avangrid) Renewables, overseeing regulatory and environmental compliance of development, construction, or operation of over 5,000 MWs of wind and solar facilities. Before that, Stu was part of the Clipper Windpower Development team, serving as Permitting Manager from 2006-2009, leaving to join as Vice President-Corporate Relations for AWWI during the organization’s inaugural first year of operation. Since 2006 Stu has served in leadership roles on various siting committees, was a member of AWWI’s Board, and engaged in all manner of siting topics and policy development with the axiom that between two opposing viewpoints there is always common ground worth striving for. Stu has a Bachelors in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Santa Barbara, CA. Stu, Anne, and their family live in Portland, OR.
Ryan Butryn, American Wind Wildlife Information Center Manager
Ryan Butryn manages the American Wind Wildlife Information Center (AWWIC). He works with industry partners and friends to get their data contributions accurately and securely housed in the database. He also works closely with researchers to prepare AWWIC data for scientific analysis. Previously, Ryan has worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the Vermont Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, and the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center supporting ecological research with his skills in geographic information systems and data analysis. He has a M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources and a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Ian Evans, Research Manager
Ian Evans is a Research Manager for the American Wind Wildlife Institute. He supports AWWI’s research program work to promote timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and habitat. Prior to AWWI Ian conducted research, organized, and advocated for renewable energy and climate adaptation at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. He has worked in the field studying passerines, coastal ecology, endangered shorebirds, and wolves. He received a BA in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College, where he studied Conservation Biology and conducted research to assess human impact to ecosystems and landscape. Ian is originally from Santa Cruz, California.
Isabel Gottlieb, Technology Innovation Manager
Isabel Gottlieb manages AWWI’s Technology Verification Research Program, which evaluates emerging and available technologies designed to reduce wildlife collisions at wind energy facilities. Isabel began working in wildlife conservation in 2006 and has studied birds, mammals, herpetofauna, invertebrates, and plant communities across the United States, in Costa Rica, and in Tanzania. She joined AWWI with five years of experience coordinating conservation projects in academic and non-profit settings. Isabel earned her M.S. at the University of Florida studying the impacts of renewable energy development on wildlife communities in the Southeastern United States. She earned her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Trinity College studying the ecology of Red-tailed Hawks in urban environments.
Paige Johnson, Outreach and Engagement Manager
Paige Johnson manages AWWI’s outreach and communications efforts to engage with AWWI’s collaborators and communicate AWWI’s research and mission. She has over 8 years of professional experience in science writing, science outreach and communication, and project coordination in environmental NGOs, higher education, and museums. She has also conducted research studying the interface between environmental research and policymaking. Paige received a Master’s Degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford and holds an M.S. in Science Communication from Drexel University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Occidental College.
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