Rebecca Loraamm (Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor in the Geography and Environmental Sustainability Department at the University of Oklahoma.
There is a growing need to address the effects of roadway presence on wildlife. My research quantifies contact between humans and wildlife and develops better methods for mitigating these types of conflicts from two angles: habitat connectivity and wildlife movement. In doing so I have created new, more accurate methods rooted in the fields of landscape ecology and time geography that explicitly address wildlife-road interactions. In the future, I would like to extend this work towards additional research tasked with providing actionable information on how, where, and when animal-road encounters might occur in efforts to minimize the effects transportation networks have on wildlife.