Herpetology & Restoration Ecology
We combine field research, habitat restoration, and community engagement to support conservation of native reptiles and amphibians in peninsular Florida's rapidly changing landscape. Our core areas of research are:
- Long-term demography and behavioral ecology of a threatened keystone species, the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
- Amphibian ecology and seasonal wetland community dynamics
- Ecological restoration approaches and outcomes
More about this program
Primary Research Areas
Population biology, Behavioral ecology, Imperiled species management, Wetlands ecology, Restoration approaches and outcomes
Archbold Biological Station, Avon Park Air Force Range, Lake Wales Ridge
People working in this program
Betsie B. Rothermel, Ph.D.
Director of Herpetology & Restoration Ecology, Associate Research Biologist
Bombing Range Tortoises
Monitoring Gopher Tortoises at a large military training site to inform management of threatened species
Gopher Tortoise Demography
Measuring habitat-related demographic variation to improve population models for Gopher Tortoises.
Restoring Tortoise Habitat
Tracking how Gopher Tortoises respond to restoration of fire-suppressed sandhill
Wetland Restoration Outcomes
Evaluating outcomes of hydrological restoration in grazed and ungrazed seasonal wetlands
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Featured News & Scientific Publications
Divergent size-class distributions of Gopher Tortoise burrows in scrub and flatwoods habitats of peninsular Florida.
Fire severity and post-fire hydrology drive nutrient cycling and plant community recovery in intermittent wetlands.