Tanya Diamond, a Wildlife Ecologist, has developed a research organization, Pathways for Wildlife, with her research partner Ahiga Snyder. Tanya received her MS in Conservation Biology & Ecology from San Jose State University. Her research and work involves creating wildlife linkage designs through wildlife surveys and GIS analysis. To implement these designs, she then collaborates with conservation organizations, such as land trusts, and transportation agencies to acquire funding to install wildlife crossing structures, such as culverts, for animals to move safely underneath roads and funding to preserve habitats within linkages areas that wildlife are using.
Ahíga Roger Snyder is Co-Principal and a Wildlife Researcher at Pathways for Wildlife. Ahíga works closely with land use planners to help inform them of conservation strategies with project research and data results. Ahíga also specializes conducting field meetings with project partners in working on acquiring funds for conservation of habitat linkages and ways to install wildlife crossing structures on highways for animals to safely cross the road.
Pathways for Wildlife is a research organization specializing in identifying, monitoring, and implementing connectivity designs for wildlife movement within a landscape.
Wildlife surveys involve monitoring wildlife in multiple settings, with particular emphasis on identifying suitable road crossing locations and developing habitat permeability maps for wildlife movement, using field camera stations, track/sign data, along with animal vehicle collision locations.
Using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, field data is integrated into focal species habitat suitability maps, which include areas wildlife are moving through and also barriers to wildlife movement, to create habitat linkage designs for wildlife movement.
Research is used for land conservation strategies and connectivity designs implementation through partnerships with land trusts, transportation agencies, and universities.
Current and past projects include the Coyote Valley Linkage Assessment for the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW), Santa Clara Open Space Authority (OSA), & the Guadalupe - Coyote Creek Resource Conservation District (GCRCD). The Highway 68 Wildlife Connectivity Study with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County and Caltrans. The CA Central Coast Connectivity Project with the Big Sur Land Trust (BSLT), The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Pajaro Connectivity Study, and The Highway 17 Wildlife Connectivity Improvement Study with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (LTSCC), Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD), & Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST).
Please see Project Pages for more information about each study.