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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:

  1. Long-term demography and behavioral ecology of a threatened keystone species, the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
  2. Amphibian ecology and seasonal wetland community dynamics
  3. Ecological restoration approaches and outcomes

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Primary Research Areas

Population biology, Behavioral ecology, Imperiled species management, Wetlands ecology, Restoration approaches and outcomes

Primary Location(s)

Archbold Biological Station, Avon Park Air Force Range, Lake Wales Ridge

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Herpetology & Restoration EcologyPhoto by: Betsie Rothermel
Herpetology & Restoration EcologyPhoto by: Hunter Howell
Herpetology & Restoration EcologyPhoto By: Dustin Angell

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The Herpetology & Restoration Ecology Program supports early-career scientists at different stages, including post-baccalaureate research interns (~2 per year) and research assistants. The typical duration of internships is 7-8 months. Interns and research assistants gain skills in field ecology, experimental design, data management, scientific writing, and outreach.