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Gopher Tortoise (gopherus polyphermus)Population Survey For St. Marks NWR-Line Transect Distance Sampling


September 2010 - August 2011


The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), unlisted range, is among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ecological Services 2008 priorities as a “preclude the need to list” species. This project furthers the Strategic Habitat Conservation process by providing critical information necessary for outcome-based monitoring, planning and management at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 44



  • Raymond CarthyPrincipal Investigator
  • Margaret LamontCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • US Geological Survey


Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute