New research from faculty members James Vance and Wally Smith and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science alum Gabrielle Smith has recently been published in the journal Human-Wildlife Interactions. Smith is currently a graduate student at Virginia Tech. The team investigated rates of wildlife-vehicle collisions in 2015 along two highway routes in Wise, Russell, and Tazewell counties in southwest Virginia, finding nearly 2,000 individual roadkill events impacting 65 different wildlife species. Their results provide valuable information for transportation officials and others seeking to minimize wildlife-vehicle collisions on Appalachian roadways – a leading cause of wildlife mortality and a phenomenon that costs billions annually to drivers across the nation. You can access the full article here.