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Management of gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) using coastal habitats

Principal Investigator
Margaret Lamont

Dates

Start Date
2020
End Date
2022

Summary

In the eastern portion of its range (east of the Mobile and Tombigbee Rivers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina), the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a Candidate species for federal listing as a Threatened species by the USFWS. There is a gap in knowledge of tortoise population structure and habitat use in coastal areas particularly along barrier islands, which may impact the listing decision. This proposed project would help fill that gap by conducting line-transect surveys for tortoise burrows, assessing fine-scale habitat use through radio-telemetry and determining population connectivity through genetic analyses. The objectives of the study are: 1. Identifying habitats used by gopher tortoise in coastal [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Margaret Lamont
Lead Organization :
Southeast Ecological Science Center
Funding Agency :
SSP-QR FWSR4
Co-Investigator :
John Stark

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  • SSP/QR FWSR4
  • USGS/FWS Science Support Partnership Program

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Created from Item #5dcf141ee4b06957976274b4

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  • 20-R4-01

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