Bridget M. Donaldson

Associate Principal Research Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Wildlife and roadway interactions and mitigation
  • Water-quality assessment 
  • Culvert repair technologies
  • Composting animal mortality
  • Climate change and structure design
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Wildlife-vehicle collision data and hot spot analysis


  • M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
  • B.S., Ecological and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado

Memberships and National Research Projects:

  • Transportation Research Board Committee on Environmental Analysis and Ecology (AEP70)
  • Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative 
  • NCHRP Panel (10-126): Field-Cured Products and Water Quality: A Framework for Screening and Risk Mitigation
  • Transportation Pooled Fund study TPF-5(339): Contaminant Release from Storm Water Culvert Rehabilitation Technologies: Understanding Implications to the Environment and Long-Term Material Integrity
  • NCHRP Panel (Project 25-25, Task 113): Highway Passages for Small Terrestrial Wildlife
  • NCHRP Panel (Project 25-25, Task 117): Valuing Wildlife Crossings and Enhancements for Mitigation Credits 


  • AASHTO High Value Research Project - Sweet 16 award winner, 2021

  • VTRC Jack H. Dillard Award for Best Paper, 2015

  • VTRC Tilton E. Shelburne Award for National Leadership, 2015
  • VCTIR Jack H, Dillard Best Paper Award, 2013
  • VDOT Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2010

  • VCTIR Horizon Award for Outstanding Productivity and Achievement, 2006

  • Herpetologist League Award for Best Paper in Graduate Research, 2001

  • Science Alliance Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching, University of Tennessee, 2001

Current Projects


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Last updated: March 18, 2024

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