Forrest East joined the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) in 2015 as a research associate. His responsibilities include the construction of Bayesian Belief Networks for the purpose of risk analysis and decision making as well as the creation of dynamic systems models describing ecological systems.
East graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology in 2007 and is currently finishing his master’s in fish, wildlife, and conservation ecology at New Mexico State University regarding the optimization of tebuthiuron use in the restoration of scaled quail habitat following shrub encroachment by creosotebush.
Between degrees, East gained field experience working with raptors at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, sandhill and whooping cranes at the International Crane Foundation, and Wood Thrush under the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Boykin, K. G., W. G. Kepner, D. F. Bradford, R. K. Guy, D. A. Kopp, A. K. Leimer, E. A. Samson, N. F. East, A. C. Neale, K. J. Gergely. 2012. A national approach for mapping and quantifying habitat-based biodiversity metrics across multiple spatial scales. Ecological Indicators 33:139-147. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.11.05.