Bethany Straw

Bethany is a biologist at the Fort Collins Science Center, where she serves as Assistant Coordinator of the North American Bat Monitoring Program. 

Biography

Bethany is a biologist at the Fort Collins Science Center. She serves as the Assistant Coordinator of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) providing leadership and direction of NABat across international boundaries. Bethany's research interests have focused on the relationship between stressors like wind energy and wildlife seeking to improve understanding of the source and magnitude of impact renewable energy has on wildlife and solutions to minimize risk. Now as the Assistant Program Coordinator for NABat her work is aimed at coordinating a continental scale monitoring program that collects, aggregates and analyzes data that can answer key questions related to population status, trends and occupancy for North America's 47 bats species.

Education

  • B.A. Environmental Studies, University of Redlands, 2006

Professional Experience

  • 2020 - Present: Biologist and NABat Assistant Coordinator, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO
  • 2018 - 2020: Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Wind Technology Center, Boulder, CO
  • 2015 - 2018: Business Support Specialist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Wind Technology Center, Boulder, CO
  • 2008 - 2010: Independent Consultant, Ventura, CA
  • 2007 - 2008: Administrative Services Coordinator, American Lung Association, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2007: Field Technician, Phoinix Corporation, Lynnwood, WA