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Gopher Tortoise Publications

Smith, L. L., J. M. Howze, J. S. Staiger, D. Burr, and K. M. Enge. 2021. Added value: Gopher tortoise surveys provide estimates of gopher frog abundance in tortoise burrows. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 12(1):3-11. Access Publication.

Castellón , T. D., C. D. Anderson, B. B. Rothermel, and J. L. Beck. 2020. Differential effects of elevation and microtopography on gopher tortoise burrow distributions in southern Florida. Copeia 108(1):140-150. Request Publication.

Castellón, T. D., B. B. Rothermel, and J. M. Bauder. 2018. Gopher tortoise burrow use, home range, seasonality, and habitat fidelity in scrub and mesic flatwoods of southern Florida. Herpetologica 74(1):8–21. Request Publication.

Dziadzio, M. C., E. R. Sievers, and D. Burr. 2018. Investigation of a large-scale gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) mortality event on a public conservation land in Florida. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 54:809-813.

Goldberg, N. and T. D. Castellón. 2017. Experiential learning in an undergraduate ecology course: a case study with gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus Daudin). Florida Scientist 80(2):117–127. Request Publication.

Castellón, T. D., B. B. Rothermel, and S. Z. Nomani. 2015. A comparison of line-transect distance sampling methods for estimating gopher tortoise population densities. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39(4):804–812. Request Publication.

Diemer Berish, J. E., and E. H. Leone. 2014. Follow-up demographic survey of a Florida gopher tortoise population. Southeastern Naturalist 13:639–648.

Rothermel, B. B., and T. D. Castellón. 2014. Factors influencing reproductive output and egg size in a southern population of gopher tortoises. Southeastern Naturalist 13(4):705–720. Request Publication.

Castellón, T. D., B. B. Rothermel, and S. Z. Nomani. 2012. Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) burrow densities in scrub and flatwoods habitats of Peninsular Florida. Chelonian Conse​rvation Biology 11(2):153–161. Request Publication.

Enge, K. M., A. Jernigan, R. Johnson, J. E. Diemer Berish, P. E. Moler, T. M. Thomas, and R. A. Kiltie. 2012. What the world needs is a better gopher tortoise trap. Herpetological Review 43:574–578. Request Publication.

Diemer Berish, J. E., R.A. Kiltie, and T. M. Thomas. 2012. Long-term population dynamics of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in a pine plantation in northern Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11:50-58. Request Publication

Diemer Berish, J. E. and T. J. Miller. 2012. A device for restraining gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) during blood extraction. Herpetological Review 43:59-61. Request Publication.

Berish (Diemer), J. E., P. E. Moler, and C. Sinclair-Winters. 2011. Microsatellite analysis of the genetic variation in panhandle gopher tortoise populations, with comparisons to peninsula populations. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee. Final Report. 34 pp.

Diemer Berish, J. E., L. D. Wendland, R. A. Kiltie, E. P. Garrison, and C. A. Gates. 2010. Effects of mycoplasmal upper respiratory tract disease on morbidity and mortality of gopher tortoises in northern and central Florida. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46:695-705. Request Publication.

Wendland, L. D., J. Wooding, C. L. White, D. Demcovitz, R. Littell, J. Diemer Berish, A. Ozgul, M. K. Oli, P. A. Klein, M. C. Christman, and M. B. Brown. 2010. Social behavior drives the dynamics of respiratory disease in threatened tortoises. Ecology 91(5):1257-1262. Request Publication.

Wendland, L., H. Balbach, M. Brown, J. Diemer Berish, R. Littell, and M. Clark. 2009. Handbook on gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) health evaluation procedures for use by land managers and researchers. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C. Final Report. 71pp.

Enge, K. M., J. E. Berish, R. Bolt, A. Dziergowski, and H. R. Mushinsky. 2006. Biological status report - gopher tortoise. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee. 60 pp.

Gates, C. A., M. J. Allen, J. E. Diemer Berish, D. M. Stillwaugh, and S. R. Shattler. 2002. Characterization of a gopher tortoise mortality event in west-central Florida. Florida Scientist 65: 185-197.

Berish (Diemer), J. E. 2001. Management considerations for the gopher tortoise in Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee. Project Report (018). 44 pp. Access Publication.

Diemer Berish, J. E, L. D. Wendland, and C. A. Gates. 2000. Distribution and prevalence of upper respiratory tract disease in gopher tortoises in Florida. Journal of Herpetology 34:5-12. Access Publication.

Berish (Diemer), J. E. 1995. Identification of gopher tortoise restocking sites. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee. Final Report. 8 pp.

Diemer Berish, J. E. and C. T. Moore. 1993. Gopher tortoise response to large-scale clearcutting in northern Florida. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 47:419-427. Access Publication.

Diemer, J. E. 1992. Demography of the tortoise Gopherus polyphemus in northern Florida. Journal of Herpetology 26(3):281-289. 

Diemer, J. E. 1992. Home range and movements of the tortoise Gopherus polyphemus in northern Florida. Journal of Herpetology 26:158-162.

Berish (Diemer), J. E. 1991. Identification of critical gopher tortoise habitat in south Florida. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee. Final Report. 23 pp. Request Publication.

Diemer, J. E. 1989. An overview of gopher tortoise relocation. pp. 1-6 in J. E. Diemer, D. R. Jackson, J. L. Landers, J. N. Layne, and D. A. Wood, eds. Gopher Tortoise Relocation Symposium Proceedings. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Nongame Wildlife Program Technical Report No. 5. Tallahassee.

Diemer, J. E. 1989. Gopherus polyphemus Gopher tortoise. pp. 14-16 in I. R. Swingland and M. W. Klemens, eds. The Conservation Biology of Tortoises. Occasional Papers of the IUCN Species Survival Committee No. 5. Access Publication.

Diemer, J. E. 1987. The status of the gopher tortoise in Florida. pp. 72-83 in R. Odom, K. Riddleberger, and J. Osier, eds. Proceedings of the Third Southeastern Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Symposium. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Game and Fish Division, Atlanta.

O’Meara, T. E. and M. J. Abbott. 1987. Gopher tortoise response to summer burning in longleaf pine/turkey oak sandhills. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee. Annual Report. 16 pp. Request Publication.

Diemer, J. E. 1986. The ecology and management of the gopher tortoise in the southeastern United States. Herpetologica 42:125-133.

Diemer, J. E. and P. E. Moler. 1982. Gopher tortoise response to site preparation in northern Florida. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 36:634-637. Access Publication.