Trish began working at CSG in September 2017 as the first official employee of the organization. Trish lived throughout the Midwest as a child and migrated west for college. She graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1994. Shortly thereafter she developed a passion for birds and raptors, especially. She gained a wealth of field experience working as a seasonal field technician for several years and even as a veterinary technician. She and her husband, Mike, eventually settled in Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master’s in Ecology at Penn State in 2007 and then her Ph.D. in 2012. Trish established the GIS Lab at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where she worked from 2005-2011. She worked as a Wildlife Biologist at West Virginia University from 2011-2017 and maintains adjunct status there.
Trish’s research focuses on movement ecology and conservation of raptors with an emphasis on reducing conflicts with human development. Since 2005, she has studied the small population Golden Eagles of eastern North American. Her other projects include Bald Eagle aircraft strike hazard in the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia, understanding movements of Bald Eagles in the Midwest and Great Plains and Golden Eagles in western North America to reduce conflicts with wind energy development. She is an active member of the Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group and Project SNOWstorm. She is actively engaged in all aspects of research, including grant writing, field work, data analysis and publication, as well as reviewing manuscripts.
In 2015, Trish and her family made the great migration from Pennsylvania to West Cape May, NJ. Trish is a board member on the Borough of West Cape May Environmental Commission, a member of the West Cape May Elementary School Green Team, a volunteer for the Cape May Raptor Banding Project, and a volunteer for Cape May Bird Observatory’s bird banding program. When not working or volunteering, Trish enjoys spending time with her family, watching raptor migration, kayaking, biking, and hanging out at the beach.