Thomas J. Yamashita, Doctoral Candidate

A Comprehensive Approach to Assessing Wildlife Crossing Effectiveness in South Texas
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Thomas is originally from California, near San Diego. He grew up going to the beach and hiking in the surrounding mountains and developed a strong interest in conservation and wildlife. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 where he studied Ecology, Conservation, and Biogeography. After his degree, he worked in various national forests across California assisting with monitoring of recreation use on national forests as part of the National Visitor Use Monitoring program. After a few years of doing this, he decided to go to graduate school to pursue a degree in wildlife conservation and started a Master’s program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, studying temporal variation in wildlife vehicle collisions and road mitigation structures for wildlife. After completing his Master’s in 2020, he moved to Kingsville to pursue a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science and continue this work in road ecology. He currently is leading a project assessing wildlife crossing effectiveness in South Texas.