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Matthew Bell

Research Associate

Matthew Bell is a Research Associate, working in both the Road Ecology program and the Cold Climate Operations program.  His connection to WTI dates back to 2012 when he worked on a Road Ecology project with one of Marcel Huijser’s grad students in Missoula, Montana.  In 2017, while pursuing grad studies at MSU, he began research with Rob Ament to design wildlife crossing structures from fiber-reinforced polymers.  He also conducted his thesis research on modeling the risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions on Montana roads, under the guidance of Dr. Yiyi Wang.

Now at WTI full-time, Matt is continuing his research on designing crossing structures from fiber-reinforced polymers.  He is also assisting with projects to test the use of wool products for erosion control and to evaluate friction performance measurement as a winter maintenance strategy.

Matt earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in Missoula and his M.S. in Civil Engineering at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman.

Mat Bell, a white man with dark hair and a short beard, looking away from the camera. He is wearing a backpack and ball cap and is on the edge of a river.