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American Wind and Wildlife Institute Names Judd Howell Director of Research Howell charged with spearheading AWWI’s research initiatives

American Wind and Wildlife Institute Names Judd Howell Director of Research Howell charged with spearheading AWWI’s research initiatives

Washington, DC – The American Wind and Wildlife Institute (AWWI), a national organization committed to facilitating timely and responsible development of wind energy and the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, has announced the selection of Judd Howell as its Director of Research and Evaluation.

"Judd brings the broad, disciplined approach to wildlife research that is essential to establishing the scientific gold standard AWWI intends to represent," said Kraig Butrum, president of AWWI.

As the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Dr. Howell managed a wide-ranging program of biological research, inventory and monitoring, and information management. The center, home of the National Bird Banding Laboratory, the Breeding Bird Survey, and the Biological Survey Unit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, had over 200 employees (45 Research Scientists), students, and volunteers, with a $20 million budget supporting nearly 170 studies.

"We are thrilled to have a wildlife ecologist of Judd Howell’s personal integrity and professional standing to further define and lead AWWI’s research initiatives" said Genevieve Thompson, vice president and executive director of Audubon Dakota and chair of AWWI’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Howell has extensive experience with AWWI’s core mission of facilitating collaboration between the wind energy industry and wildlife conservationists. He led a comprehensive research program to examine the impacts of wind energy development on birds that led to 17 reports and papers to industry from 1987 to 1997, some of which are recognized as pioneering work in the field. Prior to his work on wind energy development, Judd worked extensively with raptors. In addition to his work at AWWI, Dr. Howell works as a senior associate wildlife ecologist for H.T. Harvey and Associates, an environmental consulting firm based in Los Gatos, CA.


"I have always genuinely believed that the conservation of wildlife is a community effort," said Howell. "AWWI is a very important step and reflects the realization that bringing conservation and industry together to solve these difficult problems is a viable approach to keeping wildlife as part of our lives and our heritage."

As the nation faces an increasingly urgent push to site many megawatts of new wind facilities, AWWI’s research will play a pivotal, proactive role in sustainably meeting the future energy needs of our country. "My role is to help AWWI contribute to wildlife research and to the understanding of the relationship of wildlife to wind energy development by getting a solid scientific program in place that is acceptable to broad range of constituents," Howell said.
 
About AWWI
The American Wind Wildlife Institute was founded in November 2008 by 20 of the nation’s top science-based conservation and environmental groups and wind energy companies. AWWI’s mission is to facilitate timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. We do this through research, mapping, mitigation and public education on best practices in wind farm siting and habitat protection.

AWWI’s members include AES Wind Generation, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Babcock and Brown, BP Alternative Energy, Clipper Windpower, E.ON, Environmental Defense Fund, enXco, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nordic Windpower, NRG Systems, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, The Nature Conservancy, The Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Vestas America.
To learn more, please visit www.awwi.org


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