Eric Abelson

Research Wildlife Biologist

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station


Road ecologist and our first La Kretz postdoc, Eric Abelson is now a research wildlife biologist for the Pacific Southwest Research Station—the research branch of the US Forest Service—in Davis, CA. In his new position in the Conservation of Biodiversity Program, Eric is working to identify locations where wildlife cross roads, and how to mitigate for the danger of car strikes on wildlife. This work continues Eric’s postdoctoral research at UCLA, where the focus of his research was to discourage wildlife from areas that put animals and humans at the greatest risk (e.g. curving roads with low visibility) and encourage wildlife crossing at safe locations (e.g. wildlife underpasses). Additionally, he examined how climate change might influence wildlife movement and alter their interactions with humans into the future.

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U.S. National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the most pristine, biologically intact parklands in the country, making it one of the La Kretz Center’s key partners. Surrounded by Los Angeles and its suburbs, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is a vast, 160,000 acre open space that is overseen by the NPS and serves...