Railways are a common feature across the landscape, however, their impact on wildlife is still poorly understood. We know that roads are responsible for the declines of many wildlife populations, particularly for reptiles and amphibians. Could railways be putting pressure on
these vulnerable species as well?
Kyle Vincent’s research focuses on weaving Indigenous Knowledge and Western science to investigate how railways impact wildlife along the eastern coast of Georgian Bay. He is investigating which wildlife use the railway and die as a result, where hotspots of mortality exist
along the railway, and which environmental factors contribute to those hotspots.
Kyle is a second year Biology MSc student at Laurentian University, co-supervised by Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus and Dr. Jesse Popp; working in partnership with Shawanaga First Nation and Magnetawan First Nation.