Fellow Jaslanek receives USFWS grant

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Walt Jaslanek received generous first year funding of $30,662 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on September 10th 2014 to initiate development of a Geographical Information System (GIS) based Decision Support framework that will look at bird foraging patterns and nest success around habitats in areas that could be impacted by wind turbine placement and siting. Walt wrote the proposal with his adviser Dr. Charles Schweik and Dr. Curt Griffin. The funding will cover the development of a collaborative enterprise GIS framework and data model based on movement signals from tagged birds and radio transmitters in the Gulf of Maine area, specifically working with USFWS biologist Linda Welch and the Maine Coastal Islands Refuge. Walt is hoping this framework will help inform future wind siting decisions and further both his and his co-fellow’s research as a tool for extending the network and placement of NanoTag receivers in the Northeast US.