Wing Goodale

Wing Goodale


Wing Goodale received a Ph.D. in environmental conservation from UMass Amherst and was an NSF IGERT fellow in the UMass Offshore Wind Energy Program ( He studied the cumulative effects of offshore wind energy development on wildlife. Wing is developed a geospatial decision-support model to assess cumulative effects. 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 senior 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 at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
UMass - Amherst, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Senior Deputy Director
Biodiversity Research Institute
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Policy & Law
Currently Working On:
Offshore Wind Energy and Wildlife

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