Training Sessions

In the framework of the Conference, three training sessions may be provided, tailored to specific audiences, and with maximum capacity of 20 participants for each session.

All training sessions will take place on January 11, the Monday before the IENE 2020 thematic sessions, workshops and side events.

Only training sessions with at least 10 registered attenders will take place.

Session

Theme

Fees

Training Session 2

Monitoring wildlife crossings and roadkills (See details)

20€

Training sessions' scope and programme


2. “Monitoring wildlife crossings and roadkills”

The course will be taught by road ecology experts from Minuartia and the University of Évora. With the support of IENE, LIFE LINES and the LIFE Safe Crossing projects.

Instructors:

Carme Rosell, PhD biologist. Senior consultant at MINUARTIA, in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). Member of a research group in the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, University of Barcelona Her work focuses on the mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts and she has led numerous projects on ecology and transportation (roads, railways and airports). She also participated in R&D projects such as LIFE Safe-Crossing, on reducing road impacts on large carnivores, and the CEDR Project SAFEROAD - Safe Roads for Wildlife and People. Topics of expertise include wildlife passages, reducing animal-vehicle collisions and improving road maintenance practices to enhance biodiversity. She has co-authored several guidelines and manuals including the COST341 European handbook ‘Wildlife and Traffic’ (2003), ‘Technical prescriptions for wildlife crossing and fence design’ (2006, update 2015), ‘Handbook of Road Ecology’ (2015) and ‘Road maintenance guidelines to improve wildlife conservation and road safety’-CEDR Roads and Wildlife Program (2016). She regularly teaches on the master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at ETSAB-UPC and in Ecological Restoration at the UB. She is a member of the Infrastructure & Ecology Network Europe (IENE) Governance Board and the ITTECOP Scientific Committee (French Research Program on infrastructure and landscape). She is also editor on editor on ‘Frontiers’ on the topic ‘Integrating Transport Infrastructures with Living Landscapes’.

António Mira is a senior researcher at MED, the Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development and a teaches Conservation Biology at the University of Évora since 2003. His research ranges between "Applied Population and Community Ecology" and "Landscape Ecology" and in the last ten years its main interests have been focused on transportation ecology. He have lead several studies on the effects land use changes and habitat fragmentation on landscape functional connectivity and implications for long-term wildlife population persistence; description of road/rail kills patterns; quantification of road barrier effect for species with different vagility; monitoring the efficiency of roadkill mitigation measures; and the potential role of verges as corridors and refuges for small fauna. He his member of IENE since 2008 and have published more than 80 scientific papers. He is the head of the “LIFE LINES – Linear Infrastructure Networks with Ecological Solutions” project whose main aim is to contribute to more sustainable powerlines and transportation networks.

Sara Santos is a PhD researcher at MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development. Her research focuses road ecology, but also wildlife ecology and conservation. She is a member of IENE since 2018 and has published 11 scientific papers on road/railway ecology. Since 2010 she has been working on the effects of roads on wildlife. In particular, she is interested in assessing the barrier effect of roads to animal movements and how these structures influence landscape functional connectivity and regional population persistence. Specifically, she intends to assess how roads affect populations persistence, and which life-history traits make species more vulnerable to the impacts of roads. She coordinated the project POPCONNECT whose aim was to assess the relative importance of roadkills and barrier effect in changes of landscape functional connectivity and evaluate the implications of these in long term population viability. She also studied the effects of methods on mortality numbers and spatial patterns when conducting/planning roadkill surveys.


Michal Bíl is an Associated Professor of Environmental Geography and senior researcher at CDV – Transport Research Centre in Brno, Czech Republic. His primary area of research interest at present encompasses spatial analyses of traffic crashes including animal-vehicle collisions. He is a co-author of the KDE+, a geostatistical method (www.kdeplus.cz), which is currently used in many countries for identification of traffic crash hotspots along linear transportation infrastructure. He initiated the development of the animal-vehicle crash and roadkill reporting system for the Czech Republic Srazenazver.cz (www.srazenazver.cz).

Marina Torrellas is a MSc consultant at MINUARTIA. Degree in Biology at the University of Barcelona and master's degree in 'Earth Ecology and Biodiversity Management' at Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2015 she started the collaboration with Minuartia in the framework of the European project SAFEROAD carrying out the final MSc project on Ungulate-Vehicle Collisions in the Catalan road network. She participates in wildlife management projects particularly on monitoring of wildlife mitigation measures on High Speed Railways and roads and identification of hot spots on animal-vehicle collisions in the LIFE Safe-Crossing project ‘Preventing Animal-Vehicle Collisions – Demonstration of Best Practices targeting priority species in SE Europe’. She also collaborates on developing guidelines such as the ‘Implementation Guides to address Road mitigation strategies and Maintenance of ecological assets on linear infrastructure-CEDR Call 2013 – Roads and wildlife’.

Nuno M. Pedroso is an Invited Researcher Assistant researcher at MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, University of Évora. He's been working mainly in mammalian ecology and conservation mostly linked with aquatic and anthropic environments. He is also interested in environmental policy and impact assessment regarding biodiversity and conservation. He has published 20 scientific papers and also participated and collaborated in several monitoring and environmental impact projects and LIFE projects. Lately, he has been working on road ecology, being the project manager of the “LIFE LINES – Linear Infrastructure Networks with Ecological Solutions”, a LIFE project funded by the European Union, whose main aim is to contribute to more sustainable powerlines and transportation networks.

Luis Guilherme Sousa is a herpetologist and a collaborator at MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development. Since 2006, he has been working with the ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians in Portugal. He has a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Évora and, during his dissertation, studied the conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds and amphibians in Alentejo region. His main interest is the identification and photographic record of Portugal’s biodiversity. Nowadays, Luis Guilherme Sousa in LIFE LINES Project is responsible for amphibian’s sampling and the development and implementation of mitigation measures to reduce the amphibian roadkills. He also supports all works and has a major contribution in the divulgation and raising awareness among citizens.

Programme Scope

This course is suitable for students, young researchers and practitioners involved in projects targeting the identification of roadkill hotspots and evaluation of the effectiveness of measures aiming to mitigate road-barrier effect and mortality. It includes sessions focused on the importance of monitoring road mortality and the effectiveness of wildlife crossings and fencing. Information provided will help the definition of monitoring aims and targets, and the selection of the best protocols and techniques to respond to each project specific goals. Participants will also receive basic training on data analyses and associated software. Participants will be invited to discuss, in situ, monitoring results considering the methodological protocol that has been used and the landscape context. The field trip initially planned for the second day was cancelled and the training course is now scheduled for a full-day online Theoretical-practical session.

Programme Contents

11th January 2021. Theoretical and practical classes

  1. ROADKILLS

    1. Why monitor roadkills?

    2. Roadkill survey methods and protocols:

      1. Traditional methods

      2. Innovative devices for automatic detection and identification of carcasses using artificial intelligence 

    3. Planning and executing a road kill monitoring program:

      1. The need for standardized sampling designs

      2. Defining goals

      3. Identifying the data and resources that are needed

      4. Identifying possible constrains

      5. Undertaking the roadkill survey

    4. Analysing and reporting roadkill data

  1. WILDLIFE CROSSINGS / FENCING

    1. Goals of wildlife crossings and fencing in the overall mitigation strategy

    2. Fencing:

      1. Fencing types according to target species 

      2. Key points to be monitored to check appropriate status and functionality 

    3. Wildlife crossings:

      1. Main types of wildlife overpasses and underpasses 

      2. Goals and target species according to type

      3. Key features to be registered in the crossing and its surroundings

    4. Implementing a wildlife crossing monitoring program:

      1. Defining monitoring goals and targets

      2. A framework for standardized sampling design

      3. Methods and devices to monitor wildlife crossing data according to target species

      4. Analyzing wildlife crossing data and evaluating effectiveness