Wing Goodale

Wing Goodale


Wing Goodale is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental conservation at UMass Amherst and an NSF IGERT fellow in the UMass Offshore Wind Energy Program ( He is studying the cumulative effects of offshore wind energy development on wildlife. Currently, Wing is developing a geospatial decision-support model to assess cumulative effects and will be exploring how stakeholders evaluate cumulative effects assessments. Wing is particularly interested in studying uncertain environmental risk problems through interdisciplinary research. Wing has been fascinated by birds since childhood. As a young naturalist in rural Maine, he spent hours watching the local birds and raising critters. He formalized his interest in birds by studying biology at Colorado College and then conducting wildlife fieldwork across the U.S. and in the tropics. Through these projects he became interested in bridging disciplines, which brought him to College of the Atlantic where he received an MPhil. At College of the Atlantic he integrated traditional field research with environmental law, policy, and economics. He now works as the deputy director at an ecological research nonprofit, Biodiversity Research Institute ( His work at Biodiversity Research Institute on offshore wind and wildlife has brought him deeper into the complexity of environmental decision-making and was the inspiration for him to pursue a Ph.D. He is passing his passion for wildlife onto his young son as they track nesting phoebes, identify warbler songs, and watch the entertaining behavior of the local turkeys.

Fellow Activity

Network Innovation Proposal | Sep 22, 2016

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
UMass - Amherst, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Ph.D candidate
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Policy & Law

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