Gopher Tortoise Contacts

For questions or general information about gopher tortoises, please contact your FWC regional office.


Regional Gopher Tortoise Permitting Contacts

Northwest Region
North Central Region

Eric Seckinger

Northeast Region
Brevard, Indian River, Orange and Osceola counties
Momoka Maeda

Flagler, Lake, Marion, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Volusia counties
Samantha Dupree



Southwest Region
Kelly O'Connor
(863) 648-3200

South Region
Momoka Maeda

Tallahassee (statewide)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Attn Gopher Tortoise Conservation Program
620 South Meridian Street (Mail Station 2A)
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600

For general questions about living with gopher tortoises and tortoises in urban areas, call Kearstin Hess, Assistant Gopher Tortoise Biologist at (850)921-1030

For general questions related to gopher tortoise permitting, call Tara vonBodungen, Program Assistant at (850)921-1031


Gopher Tortoise Program Administration

Deborah Burr, Gopher Tortoise Program Coordinator


Assistant Gopher Tortoise Program Coordinator

Kate Gentry, PhD.


Local Governments, Waif tortoises, and Interns

Alex Kalfin, Local Government, Waif Tortoise, and Intern Program Coordinator


Monitoring and Mapping

Michelina Dziadzio, Gopher Tortoise GIS and Monitoring Coordinator

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