Michael Schirmacher has been with Bat Conservation International since 2006 and is currently a conservation biologist and wind energy project manager. He directs field investigations for the Bat and Wind Energy Cooperative across North America. Michael was the field manager for the first U.S. based wind energy curtailment study and involved with field research testing the first utility-scale ultrasonic deterrent. He has been authored in several articles on bats and wind energy. Michael has studied bats for the past 10 years. He has a Master of Science from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Technological University.