Since being established in 2017, the CCSG Transport Working Group (TWG) has grown to involve over 100 members on six continents. Members are road ecologists and other transportation ecologists, biologists, engineers, planners, researchers, finance experts, and managers. TWG is currently led by two Co-Chairs in close coordination with CCSG leadership.
Additional information about becoming a member of CCSG and TWG can be found on the Membership page.
Rob Ament, Co-Chair
Rob Ament serves as Co-Chair of the CCSG Transport Working Group (TWG). He is Senior Conservationist at the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC) and Road Ecology Program Manager at Western Transportation Institute – Montana State University. He is responsible for helping lead CLLC’s International Connectivity Program, as well as Co-Chairing the Asian Elephant Transport Working Group (AsETWG).
Rob has over 30 years of experience in plant ecology, natural resource management, environmental policy, and organizational development. His first project identifying and protecting regional wildlife corridors in the US Northern Rocky Mountains began in 1993. He is a co-founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, former Board Member of the Wildlands Network, and has spearheaded efforts over the past three decades to develop new legislation, strategies, and policies for avoiding and mitigating the impacts of linear transportation impacts on biodiversity throughout North America, and increasingly around the world.
Rodney van der Ree, Co-Chair
Dr. Rodney van der Ree has served as TWG Co-Chair since 2019. As Director of Ecology and Infrastructure International, he is well- recognized for his road and urban ecology expertise, and quantifying and mitigating adverse impacts of development on the environment. Rodney is co-editor of the Handbook of Road Ecology, and has worked across Australia and the world advising the European Union, the Wildlife Institute of India, World Wildlife Fund, Endangered Wildlife Trust, and the Swedish Transport Administration. Until 2016, he was Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology where he focussed on arboreal marsupials, flying-foxes, and micro-bats in urban areas. Rodney remains Adjunct Professor within the School of Biosciences at the University of Melbourne.