2003 Annual DVCIC Meetings and Workshop

Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearninghouse
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February 3 – 4, 2003

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



UW Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse Overview and Activities (PPT)
Keith Knapp, Director, DVCIC

Ongoing UW-Madison DVC-Related Research (PPT)
Keith Knapp, Director, DVCIC

Potential Interactions between Deer-Vehicle Crashes and Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin
Tom Hauge, Director, Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management

NCHRP Synthesis 305 – Interaction Between Roadways and Wildlife Ecology
Paul Garrett, Senior Ecologist, Federal Highway Administration

Challenges of Advanced Signing Technology Applications (PPT)
Marcel Huijser, Research Associate, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University

Wildlife Crossings Toolkit and Study
Terry A. Messmer, Quinney Professor for Wildlife Conflict Management, Associate Director, Jack H. Berryman Institute, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Department of Forest, Range, and Wildlife Sciences, Utah State University

Upcoming Research at Michigan State University related to Deer-Vehicle Crashes (PPT)
Shawn Riley, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management, Michigan State University

Speaker Biographies

Paul Garrett received a B. S. from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee, and received a Masters degree in Zoology and Ph. D. in Aquatic Ecology from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. He has worked as an professional ecologist and resource manager for 25 years in both the public and private sectors. He was Staff Ecologist for the Montana Department of Highways for six years, where he evaluated the ecological impacts of highway projects and developed appropriate mitigation. He currently serves as Staff Ecologist for the Federal Highway Administration Water and Ecosystems Team, Headquarters Office of Environment and Planning. He coordinates and develops FHWA environmental policy, provides technical support to field offices, teaches the National Highway Institute courses on wetlands assessment and ecological impacts of highway projects, and directs ecological research for the Federal Highway Administration.

Marcel Huijser received a MSc in ecology (1992) and PhD in road ecology (2000) from Wageningen University in Wageningen, The Netherlands. He has worked on vegetation and herbivores (geese, ungulates ) in Dutch wetlands (1992-1995), worked for the Dutch -Belgian Mammal Society 1995-1999 on a hedgehog road kill study that I made into a PhD, worked for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries on the European Union Habitat and Bird Directive (1998-1999), worked for the Research Station for Animal Husbandry (1999-2002) on multifunctional land us issues. He moved to the US in August 2002 to work for the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) on road ecology projects. Examples of current projects include: 1. Evaluation of animal detection systems (Yellowstone; Pennsylvania, scheduled this spring; possibly NW Montana later this year); 2. Evaluation of mitigation measures on US93 in NW Montana (Flathead Indian Reservation: 42 wildlife crossing structures and fencing)

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.

Terry A. Messmer is a Quinney Professor for Wildlife Conflict Management, Associate Director, Jack H. Berryman Institute, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Department of Forest, Range, and Wildlife Sciences. Research, teaching, and extension efforts focus on seeking solutions to better manage human-wildlife conflicts. Interested in identifying, implementing, and evaluating conservation technologies and strategies that enhance natural resource and contribute to sustaining community socio-economics.

Shawn Riley is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. His interests include human-wildlife interactions, systems modeling, and integration of ecological and social science in decision-making. Shawn earned B.S. and M.S degrees in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, and his Ph.D. from the department of natural resources at Cornell University, where he was a Gifford Pinchot Fellow in conservation. In the 12 years between his studies at Montana State and Cornell Universities, Shawn was a wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.