Kris Gade, PhD
ADC30 Committee Member
Roadside Resources Specialist
Arizona Department of Transportation
Ph: (602) 292-0301 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gade has over 20 years of professional and academic experience in ecology, including over 10 years in road ecology specifically. Dr. Gade’s dissertation work focused on plant migration along highways in central Arizona, including consideration of landscaping and maintenance practices. She also worked with VicRoads in Victoria, Australia to understand how roadside landscapes are affected by the varying preferences of landscape architects, project managers, contractors, and roadside managers over the cycle of design, construction and maintenance. Dr. Gade has worked in both the consulting and public sectors, first in ecological risk assessment and environmental planning in the San Francisco Bay area followed by a focus on wetland delineations and Endangered Species Act and other biological compliance for projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Texas. More recently, roadside vegetation management and pollinator conservation have been a primary focus. She is currently working on roadside vegetation and endangered species programmatic approaches as well as extreme weather vulnerability assessment at the Arizona Department of Transportation. She is the Vice-Chair and Research Task Force member for the Natural Resources Subcommittee of the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment (SCOE). She is also a member of the TRB Subcommittee on Roadside Maintenance Operations (AHD50) and secretary of the Southwest Vegetation Management Association.