Fraser Shilling, Ph.D.

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I have lived in Davis and worked at UC Davis for the past 22 years. I live with various animals, my wife Mandy, and my kids Emmett, Gregory, and Elsa. Although work and proposal-writing sometimes consumes all my time, I also give myself time to garden, work with bees, spend time with the kids, canoe, mountaineer, surf-kayak, and read.

Recent Publications

Seo, K., D. Salon, F. Shilling, M. Kuby (in press) Pavement condition and residential property values: a spatial hedonic price model for Solano County, CA. Transportation Research Record.


Shilling, F.M. (2016). Rising above the tide. Roads & Bridges, October.


Shilling, F.M., J. Vandever, K. May, I. Gerhard, and R. Bregoff. (2016) Adaptive planning for sea level rise-threatened transportation corridors. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2599, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2016, pp. 9–16. DOI: 10.3141/2599-02


Shilling, F.M., D.P. Waetjen, A. Khan, and R. Juricich (2015). Systematic assessment of water sustainability at the US state scale. ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.


Shilling, F.M. and Waetjen, D.P. (2015) Wildlife-vehicle collision observation collection and hotspot identification at large scales. Nature Conservation, 11: 41-60.  doi: 10.3897/natureconservation.11.4438


Shilling, F.M. and B. Charry (2015). Engaging the public through citizen science research and public education. In “Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals” Andrews, K.M., P. Nanjappa, and S.D. Riley (eds.) Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD


Fulton, J. and Shilling, F.M. (2015). Water footprints and sustainability. In “The Water Sustainability Reader: Lessons from California." University of California Press.


Shilling, F.M. Perkins, S., Collinson, W. (2015). Wildlife/roadkill observation and reporting systems. In: Handbook of Road Ecology. van der Ree, R., Smith, D.J. and Grilo, C (eds.). John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. 552 pp. ISBN: 978-1-118-56818-7. 


Kagan, J.S., Shilling, F.M. and Gaines, L.J. (2014). Valuation and crediting approach for transportation and metropolitan planning agencies. Transportation Research Record, 2403: 1-8.

Diamond, T., Waetjen, D. Lacher, I., Harrold, K., and Shilling, F.M. (2013). Prioritizing mitigation for interstates using wildlife movement information. 2013 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Conference Proceedings.

Shilling, F.M., Reed, S., Boggs, J. (2012). Recreational system optimization to reduce conflict on public lands. Environmental Management 50:381-395, DOI 10.1007/s00267-012-9906-6

Huber, P.R., Shilling, F.M., Thorne, J.H., and Greco, S.E. (2012). Municipal and regional habitat connectivity planning. Landscape and Urban Planning. 105: 15-26. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.11.019


Li, T., Shilling, F.M., Li, F., Thorne, J., Schott, H., Boynton, R., and Berry, A.M. (2010). Fragmentation of China�s landscape by roads and urban areas. Landscape Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s10980-010-9461-6

Shilling, F.M., White, A.B., Lippert, L., and Lubell, M.N. (2010). Contaminated fish consumption in California�s Central Valley Delta. Environmental Research. DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2010.02.002 

Shilling, F.M. (2009). Fishing for justice, or just fishing? Ecology Law Currents, Journal of UC Berkeley School of Law, 36: 205-211.

Sze, J., London, J.K., Shilling, F.M., Cadenaso, M.L. (2009). Defining and contesting environmental justice: Socio-natures and the politics of scale in the Delta. Antipode, 41(4): 807-843.

Shilling, F.M., R. Llevanos, and J.K. London (2009). Marginalization by collaboration: Environmental justice as a third party in and beyond CALFED. Environmental Science and Policy, 12: 694-709.

Shilling, F.M. (2007). Repairing road impacts on landscape connectivity. Transactions of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, 43: 11-18.

Shilling, F.M. and R. Harris (2007). Effectiveness monitoring by California community watershed groups. IMPACT (American Water Resources Association), Volume 9(5): 21-24.

Shilling, F.M. and E. Girvetz (2007). Barriers to implementing a wildland network. Landscape and Urban Planning. Volume 80(1-2): 165-172.

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Recent Courses and Seminars

“General Ecology” (4-unit undergraduate class equivalent to UC Davis ESP100) at the Thai Nguyen University for Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam, Fall, 2013.

Social Surveying Methods” (2 & 4-unit graduate course), for CRD and GGG methods credit, UC Davis, Spring, 2011.

Improving Community and Landscape Connectivity (2-unit graduate seminar), Transportation Studies Program, University of California, Davis, 2009 (Fall).

"Road Ecology: Road Effect Zone" (2-unit graduate seminar), Transportation Studies Program, University of California, Davis, 2008 (Winter).

"Road Ecology" (4-unit graduate course), Transportation Studies Program, University of California, Davis, 2007 (Spring).






I have 3 main areas of research: environmental pollution and policy, transportation & landscape ecology, and sustainability indicator systems for whole system condition reporting. I am Co-Director of the Road Ecology Center and Academic Federation member of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. I support graduate students and others in each of my research areas and am always open to more. My research is extramurally funded through grants and contracts, from local, state, and federal sources. Recent studies and publications of mine have addressed environmental justice issues associated with Bay-Delta decision-making and contamination, connectivity assessment and planning at multiple geographic scales and with changing impacts, and development of multi-metric systems for evaluating the condition of combined social, environmental, and economic systems. A couple of projects I founded are: the Sustainability Indicators Project, the California Roadkill Observation System, the Maine Audubon Wildlife Road Watch, and the Wildlife Observation Network. My newest endeavor in web-based environmental monitoring is looking at near-term sea level rise and its impacts on people and natural systems.

(click on an interest to see more details, if available):

Watershed assessment and adaptive management, road ecology and wildlife crossing, environmental justice (especially fish contamination), & ecosystem services and indicators

Feel free to contact me with any questions

Fraser M. Shilling

Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Phone: (530) 752-7859

University of California

Fax: (530) 752-3350

Davis, CA 95616-8576