The Effects of Light and Noise Pollution on Wildlife Use of Highway Crossing Structures

Highway crossing structures are often used by transportation agencies to mitigate habitat fragmentation and wildlife vehicle collisions. To implement efficient design of appropriate crossing structures, their efficacy needs to be examined using rigorous and appropriate methods. As part of their dissertation, the researcher will assess the efficacy of crossing structures, in particular underpasses and culverts, across the state of California. The researcher will employ innovative methods such as camera trapping and global positioning system (GPS) telemetry to decipher wildlife movement and behavioral responses within a fragmented habitat, focusing on traffic-related light and noise pollution that may contribute to the efficacy of crossing structures. Results will guide the decision-making process for wildlife managers, practitioners, and agencies specific to ongoing and future transportation projects. Furthermore, results will offer solutions to the broader conservation community in how to evaluate the conservation tools they are currently utilizing.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $25000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DOT 69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    Davis, California  United States  95616
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    lacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Collins, Amy

  • Start Date: 20190901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01708763
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DOT 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2019 1:50PM