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Abby Arnold
Executive Director
Taber Allison, Ph.D.
Director of Research and
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Lauren Flinn
Director of Programs and Operations
Ryan Butryn
Manager, American Wind Wildlife Information Center
Ian Evans
Research Associate
Joe Goergen
Outreach & Communications Associate
Isabel Gottlieb
Research Program Manager

Abby Headshot-115x126Abby Arnold, Executive Director

Abby Arnold, who served as AWWI’s interim director during its founding, rejoined AWWI as Executive Director in March 2010. Abby is known for designing collaborative processes that bring diverse stakeholders together, elevate the best available science into decision-making processes, and achieve results. As Executive Director, Abby has worked with the AWWI Board of Directors and AWWI partners to establish a Strategic Plan, adopt a five-year national Research Program Plan, implement key program initiatives, and offer a forum for dialogue.  As Senior Mediator and Vice President at the Washington DC-based firm of 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 Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Environmental Planning and Politics from UC Santa Cruz.


headshot_silhouetteTaber Allison, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation

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 Headshot-115x126Lauren 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.

headshot_silhouetteIan Evans, Research Associate

Ian Evans is a Research Associate 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.

Ryan Butryn, Manager, American Wind Wildlife Information Center

Ryan Butryn joined AWWI in March 2016 to serve at the American Wind Wildlife Information Center (AWWIC) project coordinator. 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.

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