Road ecology

Conservation at the cross-roads

In August I had the absolute pleasure of hosting a road ecology symposium at the ICCB-ECCB, an international conference on conservation biology. It was a pleasure not just because it was summer in the south of France (ooh la la) or because I got to eat chocolate croissants and soft cheese every day, but because of the quality of the people I was able to work with and the enthusiasm they brought to our symposium.

Dan Smith, Clara Grilo, Rodney van der Ree and myself wanted to organise a symposium that showcased the global importance and diversity of road ecology research, and highlight how critical this issue is to conservation. With over 30 authors across 15 countries contributing to the presentations, we think we achieved that! The topics ranged from building predictive models to guide mitigation efforts, to the complex challenges facing management in developing nations, the importance of road-free areas and the opportunities for citizen science.

We’ve compiled the abstracts from our symposium into a ‘mini-proceedings’ booklet, which includes links to relevant papers and websites as well as the authors’ Research Gate profiles so that you can easily find out more about their work.

Click on the cover page to download pdf

ksoanes_cross-roads cover

It was fantastic to see that weren’t the only ones talking about road ecology at the conference, with several other sessions dedicated to the topic. It’s exciting to see how the field is growing! Thanks to the magic of live-tweeting, you can catch up on all the presentations, discussions and papers with this handy¬†Storify newsletter.

I hope you find these resources helpful, particularly for those who were unable to attend the conference. Feel free to spread them through your networks.

Until next time, I’ll leave you with this snapshot which sums up the atmosphere in Montpellier. If only the cat were wearing a beret. So Francey.
le chat noir_ksoanes
Originally posted at my old site ksoanesresearch.wordpress.com, September 16, 2015

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