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Rob Ament

Center for Large Landscape Conservation and Western Transportation Institute
Senior Conservationist, Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) / Road Ecology Program Manager, Western Transportation Institute - Montana State University
Rob has more than 30 years of experience in field ecology, natural resource management and environmental policy. He splits his time between CLLC, where he focuses on policy and practices that promote ecological connectivity and wildlife movement and at WTI, where he leads efforts to research, monitor and develop solutions to minimize the impacts of transport on wildlife and other natural resources.
Some of his active research projects include: 1) developing a national roadkill data collection system for the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2) a reservation-wide wildlife-vehicle collision reduction plan for the Blackfeet tribe in Montana, and 3) a mitigation study to provide connectivity and safe passage for elephants, tigers and rhinos across a proposed 4-lane highway adjacent to Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam, India.  In 2018 he conducted connectivity and infrastructure workshops for tiger conservationists in Nepal and India, for the Hopi Tribe in Arizona and for the government and other organizations in the Yukon Territories, Canada. He has just returned from the U.N. Biodiversity Conference (COP-14) in Egypt where he presented on two panels, one on ecological connectivity and the other on the adverse impacts of infrastructure to wildlife movement.
Rob serves on the IUCN’s Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.  Since 2009, he has been a member of the steering committee for the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation. He is a founding board member of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.