PLOS Ecology Contributing Editor Mary Bates is a freelance science writer based in Boston. She has written for such publications as National Geographic News, New Scientist, and IEEE Pulse magazine. Mary received her PhD in psychology studying bat echolocation at Brown University.
Over the past several decades, the field of road ecology has documented many of the negative effects of roads on plants and animals. Roadkill, contamination from runoff, and habitat fragmentation all challenge the success of