2002 Annual DVCIC Meetings and Workshop

Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearninghouse
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February 4 – 5, 2002

The Pyle Center
University of Wisconsin, Madison
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI



Regional Deer -Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse Overview, Michigan Deer Crash Coalition (PPT)
Richard J. Miller, MDCC Chair AAA Michigan Community Safety Services

Addressing Deer Vehicle Accidents at the Community Scale (PPT)
Elizabeth I. Rogers, Ph.D. and Dean B. Premo, Ph.D., White Water Associates, Inc.

Deer-Vehicle Issues in Iowa (PPT)
Steve J. Gent, Iowa Department of Transportation

Overview of CTE Efforts (PDF)
Katie McDermott, CTE Technology Transfer Director, The Center for Transportation and the Environment, North Carolina State University

Speaker Biographies

Katie McDermott is the technology transfer director for the Center for Transportation and the Environment. She manages the Center’s annual series of teleconference broadcasts, coordinates CTE’s sponsorship of workshops and conferences, and serves as editor of publications. Ms. McDermott has a B.A. in English (Writing and Composition) and Speech-Communication (Television, Radio, and Film) from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. in English (Rhetoric and Composition). CTE is a USDOT university transportation center located at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University.

Robert E. Rolley is the Wildlife Population Ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He has a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, a masters from the University of Wisconsin, and a bachelors from the University of California. He has worked for the DNR for about 10 years; previously he was a Research Biologist with the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife. He is responsible for monitoring wildlife population trends and
assessing population response to harvest management strategies.

Bob Weinholzer is a state programs administrator with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He has been with MNDOT for about nine years. Previously he had been employed by the Great Northern/Burlington Northern Railway for 20 years. In between his two transportation positions he chaired the Minnesota State Republican Party for four years. From 1995 through 1999 Bob was the project coordinator for a study of photo enforcement technology in Minnesota. Since then he has been in the research area.

Robert Wegner, Ph.D. Trained as a cultural historian, Wegner received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is an independent scholar, free lance writer and author of five books on deer. He is currently working on a book with Scott Craven tentatively entitled Deer in Headlights: A History of DVCs, 1921-2001. They have just completed an extensive literature review locating more than 700 items in hard copy. A book proposal is being sent to the Berryman Institute.

Amanda Hardy – Research Ecologist for Western Trans. Institute at Montana State University (MSU). Grew up in Black Earth, attended UW-Madison for some of undergrad but moved to Yellowstone (YNP) area in 1990 to pursue field work…worked on field studies on pronghorn antelope, coyotes, wolves, conducted snow surveys…worked as a forestry technician/fire monitor and in resource management in YNP. Finished undergrad in Fish and Wildlife Management at MSU in Bozeman in 1997, worked in YNP planning office for a year, then pursued MS in Fish and Wildlife Management at MSU. Thesis work focused on bison and elk behavioral, distributional, and stress hormone responses to winter recreation in YNP. Began working at WTI in July 2001. Professionally interested in using applied science to understand and reduce wildlife-human conflicts.

Richard Miller currently holds the position of Manager, Community Safety Services at AAA Michigan headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. Richard oversees a staff of safety experts dedicated to educating the motoring public, our school children, and the community at large on important traffic and home safety issues. In this role, he is AAA’s primary resource and spokesperson on a variety of safety issues.Before joining AAA Michigan in 2000, Richard served with the Michigan State Police from 1973 to 1999 retiring with the rank of Inspector. His final position with the MSP was Assistant Sixth District Commander in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In that position, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of eight state police posts staffed by over 250 state police personnel.Richard has been an adjunct faculty member at both Northwestern University Traffic Institute and Eastern Michigan University Schools of Police Staff and Command for nearly 20 years; served as the Michigan State Police representative on Michigan’s legislative Drunk Driving Task Force and was selected for a one year stint in Washington D.C. as technical advisor on a variety of police traffic services programs for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.In 1993, Richard had the honor of being selected to receive the coveted Michigan State Safety Commission Traffic Safety Award for Outstanding Long Term Contributions to Traffic Safety.Richard sits on a number of committees and boards committed to traffic safety including the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, several Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Safety Management System committees, and Chairs the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition. He also serves on AAA national level traffic safety work groups and committees.Richard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and has done graduate work through Central Michigan University. Professional memberships include the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute Alumni Association.

Elizabeth Rogers, Ph.D. is a research ecologist for White Water Associates, Inc., an ecological consulting firm in northern Michigan. Dr. Rogers holds a B.S. from Central Michigan University, a MS from Southern Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in zoology from Michigan State University. Research interests include riparian ecology, bird communities in managed forests, and the use of scientific tracking to document mammal communities and movements. Dr. Rogers is currently completing a two year membership on the National Research Council Committee on the function and management of riparian areas. Her most recent landscape work has included GIS analysis of deer-vehicle accidents at a community scale in support of creating a deer vehicle accident management plan for the town of Amherst, New York.

Dean Premo, Ph.D. is President of White Water Associates, Inc., a Michigan-based ecological consulting firm. His academic training is in zoology and ecology. Dr. Premo has served as a consultant to the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and as a committee member for the National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences). He was coauthor of Investigating Methods to Reduce Deer-Vehicle Accidents in Michigan, a 1994-95 study conducted for the Michigan Department of Transportation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Dr. Premo is a principal scientist for a long-term deer-vehicle accident research project in Kent County, Michigan and for the Town of Amherst Deer Vehicle Accident Management Plan and the accompanying Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.

Dr. Keith Knapp is an Assistant Professor/Program Director in the Engineering Professional Development Department and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the UW-Madison. He has over 10 years of experience in the areas of transportation consulting and research. The majority of his experience is in the analysis of traffic operations and safety, roadway design, and traffic control. His primary areas of research are the safety and mobility impacts of roadway system characteristics. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Knapp was an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, and Manager of Traffic and Safety Programs at the Center for Transportation Research and Education. He is currently a licensed professional engineer in Illinois, Michigan, and Iowa.