Corinna Riginos, PhD
Wyoming Director of Science
Areas of Expertise
Road ecology, Sagebrush restoration, Wildlife migration
Media ContactBebe Crouse
Corinna Riginos leads the Wyoming science team. Her work at TNC centers on reducing the impacts of roads on big game movements and migrations and developing innovative strategies for sagebrush ecosystem restoration. Corinna uses field research to test the effectiveness of measures to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and increase road permeability to migratory big game; she combines this with regional data to support wildlife and transportation managers’ strategic planning. Additionally, she supports the Wyoming chapter’s work on wildlife migrations and rangelands.
Corinna also leads sagebrush restoration field and lab research as part of the Sagebrush Sea program’s Innovative Restoration strategy. Her work focuses on testing seed enhancements to improve sagebrush seedling establishment in disturbed areas.
Over the course of her career, Corinna has also worked extensively in Kenya, most recently studying the impacts of the invasive big-headed ant on savanna habitat and the diverse African wildlife it supports. Corinna received her Ph.D. from UC Davis in 2008 and in 2015 was named an Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America.