Wildlife & Roads: How Do We Make Roads Safer for People & Nature? [S-19-64]
|Location:||SUNY: Kellas 104|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Fri 3:30 PM 04/05|
Traffic accidents with large animals is a major cause of serious human injury and property damage. Vehicles kill millions of animals, which is deplorable from an animal welfare standpoint, and can be a conservation concern. Learn about how and why animals and vehicles collide at roads, and what engineers and ecologists are doing to make roads safer for humans and wildlife.
Tom Langen is the Department Chair and Professor of Biology at Clarkson University. He conducts research on the environ- mental impact of roads, and on the effectiveness of public-private partner- ships for wetland restoration. His road-related research has included the impacts of winter road management on roadside vegetation and lakes in the Adirondack Park, predictive modeling of hotspots of road mortality of amphibians and reptiles, design and functioning of wildlife barriers and passageways for turtles, and the impact of highways on habitat connectivity in Costa Rican National Parks. He leads professional development workshops in Latin America and North America on the environmental impact of roads and other infrastructure. He has many research papers on road ecology and has authored multiple chapters in two books intended for road environmental management practitioners: Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals and Handbook of Road Ecology.