New #roadecology out of Kruger National Park explores the behavioural responses of impala to roads and tourism. Full article available open access (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jzo.12310/full)
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This new paper is a great example of how roads can impact the success of other recovery efforts. Authors Nowak and Myslajek track the recovery of protected wolf populations in western Poland, noting that road mortality was a significant source of mortality, particularly for young males - 65% of wolves found dead had been killed by cars.
The article can be found here http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13364-016-0263-3
New road ecology research article from India: Impact of Existing National and State Highways on Wild Animals of Pench and Satpura Tiger Reserve. The PDF is freely available at the link below
New road ecology paper investigates the effect of road networks on functional connectivity for a small carnivore. Using radio tracking and habitat data the authors generated map conductive surfaces for common genets in Portugal. They found that as road density increased, connectivity for genets declined, however peaks in connectivity occurred near culverts, bridges and viaducts.
Link to paper here http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10980-015-0326-x
Want more butterflies in your roadsides? Less mowing might be the answer. This study applied three different mowing treatments to roadside verges to determine the effects on butterfly abundance and diversity. Full article is available open access.
Open access road ecology paper "Roads through national parks: a successful case study" by Tim Caro, published in Tropical Conservation Science, explores the story of a proposal to upgrade a road through Katavi NP, Tanzania. Ultimately, transport agencies decided against the upgrade. However the author found that this 'environmentally-friendly' decision was based on sociological and economic reasons, rather than on ecological data, and suggests that scientists need to strengthen links with local decision makers in order to have an effect on the ground.
Link to the full pdf here
The book "Bats in the anthropocene: Conservation of bats in a changing world" is now open access! You can download the entire volume online for free, including this chapter 'Bats and Roads' by John Altringham and Gerald Kerth. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-25220-9_3
New paper in the Journal of Environmental Science and Policy discusses the importance of roadside vegetation in providing ecosystem services, and the importance of roadsides vegetation in urban areas where 'greenspace' is scarce. The abstract can be found here
Catch up on the last bits of road ecology news in 2015 with our Road Ecology Digest. Full of the latest papers, images and news stories on road ecology research from around the world. Click the image to read more...
The extrapolations from this study suggest hundreds of thousands of pollinating insects are killed each year on a single highway in Ontario each summer. This scaled up to hundreds of billions across the North American continent. What impact is this having on ecological function?