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 plans and products. AWWI’s technical
advisory team, which will be expanded as AWWI continues to grow, currently
Ed Arnett, Director of Energy Programs, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation
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 BCI 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 Texas 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 Gauthreaux, Professor (Emeritus) of Biological Science,
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
Amanda Hale, Assistant Professor of Biology, Texas Christian
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 Assistant
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 Huso, Supervisory Research Bio Statistician, US Geological
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 recently (April 2011) joined the US Geological Survey
(USGS) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC) in Corvallis,
Oregon as a Research Statistician addressing 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 White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy
Wind-Wildlife Federal 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.
Douglas Johnson, Research Statistician and Senior Scientist, US Geological
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
nearly 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
Dale Strickland, President & Senior Ecologist, WEST, Inc.
Dr. Strickland received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wyoming, and an
M.S. in Wildlife Management and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of
Tennessee. He is President and Senior Ecologist with WEST. Dr. Strickland has
over thirty-five years of experience in ecological research and wildlife
management. He is author of more than 100 papers and technical reports in the
scientific and popular literature on wildlife research and natural resource
conservation and management. Dr. Strickland is a member of the National Wind
Coordinating Committee's Wildlife Working Group, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Services Communications Tower Working Group, and he served on the 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 is a member of the American Statistical Association,
The Ecological Society of America, The Wildlife Society and past president of
the Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society.