Cris Hein is a senior project leader for wind-wildlife operational challenges. Hein has studied bat behavior and ecology for more than two decades and bats and wind energy issues for more than one decade. Prior to NREL, he was the bats and wind energy program director for Bat Conservation International and the program coordinator for the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative. While at Bat Conservation International, Hein led research focusing on understanding and reducing bat fatalities at wind energy facilities. Prior to joining Bat Conservation International, he was the lead bat ecologist for ABR Inc.—Environmental Research and Services.
Wind energy and wildlife interactions
Bat ecology and behavior
Ph.D., Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia
M.S., Biology, Texas State University
B.S., Geology, Texas A&M University
Behavior of bats at wind turbines, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2014)
First Direct Evidence of Long-distance Seasonal Movements and Hibernation in a Migratory Bat, Scientific Reports (2016)