Western Wyoming is home to some of the longest distance and most intact ungulate migration routes in North America. “Along those migrations routes, however,” says ecologist Dr. Corinna Riginos, “animals face numerous challenges as they come into contact with human development.”
That development includes roads, which can cause animals trying to cross them considerable stress. On Thursday, October 5, 12:15 p.m. Riginos discusses the issue using mule deer as an example. The free talk, titled Oh Deer! The Problem of Roads as Barriers to Deer Migrations and Movements in Wyoming, is part of the Draper Natural History Museum’s Lunchtime Expedition series and takes place this month in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Kuyper Dining Pavilion.
At the lecture, Riginos presents research findings which suggest ways to prioritize measures to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve deer habitat connectivity in Wyoming. “As human development and traffic volumes increase, it is important to understand and mitigate the effects of roads on ungulate movements,” she says. Doing so, according to Riginos, requires a multi-faceted approach that takes into account biology, human behavior, and economic factors.
Riginos is a a Research Associate at the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. She has published more than thirty scientific papers and maintains active research and outreach programs in both Wyoming and in Kenya.
Riginos has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Brown University. She earned her PhD in Ecology from the University of California-Davis. In 2015, Riginos was named an Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America in recognition of her contributions to the field of ecology.
To learn more about the Draper’s educational programs, contact Curatorial Assistant Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020, or visit centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history. At the November 2 Lunchtime Expedition lecture, Dr. Craig M. Lee discusses alpine snow and ice archaeology in Greater Yellowstone.
The Lunchtime Expedition series is organized and hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum and is supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
Find the Center’s full calendar of events at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore