Missy is a spatial ecologist and database manager in the Department of Geology and Geography and the School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University. She has broad interests studying raptor and fish ecology and their interactions with humans (i.e. wind energy development and fish passage). She is currently conducting research on flight behavior of California condors analyzing telemetry, wing-loading, and wind data. She has led a study that estimated size and seasonal variation of golden eagle home ranges within an area of the Mojave Desert in California that is being targeted for renewable energy development.