Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Nick De Pace

Second Advisor

Colgate Searle


This thesis aims to reclaim the fragmented habitats of wildlife and natural environments under the current human-dominating world. Through a series of landscape interventions, an ecological wildlife corridor will be proposed to not only help wildlife migrate without being impacted by the constructed infrastructure but also arouse humans to rethink and revalue the relationship between humans and wildlife.

The researches focus on the infrastructure’s negative impacts on wildlife, Interstate 95, and coyotes in specific in Rhode Island and ecological approaches that could potentially remedy this issue. Human infrastructure, like highway systems, has caused great fragmentation in the original wildlife habitat and poses threats to wildlife that cross it during migration as well. This thesis utilizes the Moshassuck River that runs through culverts underneath the I-95 as a primary passage and integrates existing isolated green patches to expand the ecological corridor. This study aims to discover creative approaches that could form ecological corridors and potentially apply to other urban areas that have similar issues.


View exhibition online: Xiaodong Yang, Eco-Corridor for Wildlife: Reclamation of wildlife habitat



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