Dr. Anthony Clevenger is a senior research scientist at the Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University (Bozeman, Montana) and has been studying road effects on wildlife populations in Banff and the surrounding national and provincial parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains since 1996.
Dr. Clevenger specializes in applied conservation biology as it relates to road impacts and mitigation. His main interests are (1) identifying factors influencing wildlife crossing performance and cost-effective design criteria; (2) developing GIS-based wildlife habitat linkage modeling approaches to identify mitigation placement; and (3) analyzing factors contributing to wildlife-vehicle collisions and mitigation performance evaluations. During his 20+ years of research, Dr. Clevenger’s interests have been broad and ecologically based, but have been weighted towards the ecological effects of roads and the conservation of small remnant populations of carnivores.
Dr. Clevenger has expertise in directing road ecology research, having served as Principal Investigator on projects designing and evaluating the use of wildlife crossings in Canada (Banff National Park, province of Alberta), the U.S. (Montana, Idaho) and Europe (Pindus Mountains, Greece). In working on these projects, he has gained insight into the needs of transportation practitioners responsible for mitigating highway impacts to wildlife movement.
Dr. Clevenger is currently a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Committee on Effects of Highways on Natural Communities and Ecosystems. He was recently named an AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence Expert (Endangered Species). He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary (since 1998) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (since 1989). He co-supervised 7 graduate student research projects, five focused on road ecology, which resulted in five peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Before moving to Canada, Dr. Clevenger worked in Europe for 10 years as a research ecologist. His past employers include the World Wide Fund for Nature – International (Gland, Switzerland), Ministry of Environment – France (Toulouse), USDA Forest Service and US National Park Service. Since 1986, he has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has co-authored three books including, Road Ecology: Science and Solutions (Island Press, 2003).