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Betsie B. Rothermel
Associate Research Biologist

B.S., Cornell University, 1990

M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1994

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2003

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Responsibilities at Archbold Biological Station

  • Directs the Restoration Ecology and Herpetology programs
  • Serves as one of five Program Directors responsible for general oversight of scientific programs and use of Archbold facilities for research, education, and conservation
  • Coordinates research, monitoring, and restoration activities on the Archbold Reserve
  • Collaborates with USDA and other partners to manage and restore Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easements on the Reserve
  • Chairs the Archbold Animal Care & Use Committee
  • Manages the Archbold herp and fish collections
  • Hosts visiting investigators and classes conducting activities related to herpetology or restoration ecology

Research Interests

  • Population biology, behavioral ecology, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles
  • Ecological restoration of agriculturally impacted wetlands
  • Disturbance dynamics and community ecology of seasonal wetlands
  • Amphibian disease ecology

Selected Recent Publications

[Please visit my ResearchGate profile to obtain PDFs of these and other papers]

  • O’Connor JH, Rothermel BB (2013) Distribution and population characteristics of African Jewelfish and Brown Hoplo in modified wetlands in south Florida. Am Midland Nat 170:52-65
  • Rothermel BB, Travis ER, Miller DL, Hill RL, McGuire JL, Yabsley MJ (2013) High occupancy of stream salamanders despite high Ranavirus prevalence in a southern Appalachians watershed. EcoHealth 10:184-189
  • Rothermel BB, Castellón TD (2014) Factors influencing reproductive output and egg size in a southern population of Gopher Tortoises. Southeastern Nat 13:705-720
  • Scott DE, Yanes Y, Rothermel BB, Pilgrim M, Romanek CS (2015) Efficacy of labeling wetlands with enriched 15N to determine amphibian dispersal. Wetlands 35:349-356
  • Yuan ML, Dean SH, Longo AV, Rothermel BB, Tuberville TD, Zamudio KR (2015) Kinship, inbreeding, and fine-scale spatial structure influence gut microbiota in a hindgut-fermenting tortoise. Mol Ecol 24:2521-2536
  • Noss CF, Rothermel BB (2015) Juvenile recruitment of Oak Toads (Anaxyrus quercicus) varies with time-since-fire in seasonal ponds. J Herpetol 49:364-370
  • Castellón TD, Rothermel BB, Nomani SZ (2015) A comparison of line-transect distance sampling methods for estimating Gopher Tortoise population densities. Wildl Soc Bull 39:804-812
  • Rothermel BB, Miller DL, Travis ER, Gonynor McGuire JL, Jensen JB, Yabsley MJ (2016) Disease dynamics of red-spotted newts and their anuran prey in a montane pond community. Dis Aquat Org 118:113-127
  • Bauder JM, Breininger DR, Bolt MR, Legare ML, Jenkins CL, Rothermel BB, McGarigal K (2016) Seasonal variation in eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) movement patterns and space use in peninsular Florida at multiple temporal scales. Herpetologica (in press)
  • Bauder JM, Breininger DR, Bolt MR, Legare ML, Jenkins CL, Rothermel BB, McGarigal K (2016) The influence of sex and season on conspecific spatial overlap in a large, actively-foraging colubrid snake. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160033

Current Grants & Contracts

  • U.S. Department of Defense: Population surveys of Gopher Tortoises and Eastern Indigo Snakes at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida. PI: BB Rothermel
  • Riverbanks Zoo Conservation Support Fund: Mating system and male reproductive success in a high-density Gopher Tortoise population. PI: TD Tuberville, co-PIs: BB Rothermel, KR Zamudio, KN White
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Sandhill restoration and management for Gopher Tortoises at Archbold Biological Station. KN Main (Project Director), BB Rothermel, ES Menges
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wetlands Reserve Program: Landowner agreement for wetland restoration enhancements - Mary’s Creek, Frances Creek, and Cutthroat Seep WRPs on the Archbold Reserve. BB Rothermel (Project Director), HM Swain
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wetlands Reserve Program: Landowner agreement for wetland restoration - Cutthroat Prairie WRP and East Prairie WRE on the Archbold Reserve. BB Rothermel (Project Director), HM Swain
  • National Science Foundation, CSBR Natural History Collections: Transforming accessibility to the rich, site-based, multi-taxon collection of Archbold Biological Station. Award No. DBI-1458229. PI: HM Swain, co-PIs: MA Deyrup, R Bowman, ES Menges, BB Rothermel