GT Bibliography

There are so many gopher tortoise papers!

This is an ongoing project to keep track of Gopher Tortoise Research.

The current bibliography was assembled through people sending in their publications, thus, it is incomplete.

This bibliography is a work in progress. Feel free to utilize the citations included, but please forward any new or missing citations to:

Jessica McGuire

Or
Cyndi Gates

If you would like to help, please let us know!

The FWS 12 month finding bibliography is also a good resource.

Other papers not yet worked into the bibliography file are listed below.

Publications on Restocking / Relocation / Translocation of Gopher Tortoises

Site fidelity / Survivorship

Ashton, K.G., Burke, R.L., 2007. Long-term retention of a relocated population of gopher tortoises. Journal of Wildlife Management 71, 783-787.

Heise, C.D., Epperson, D.M., 2005. Site fidelity and home range of relocated gopher tortoises in Mississippi. Applied Herpetology 2, 171-186.

Tuberville, T. D., E. E. Clark, K. A. Buhlmann and J. W. Gibbons. 2005. Translocation as a conservation tool: site fidelity and movement of repatriated gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Animal Conservation 8: 349-358.

Tuberville, T.D., T. M. Norton, B.D. Todd, and J. S. Spratt. 2008. Long-term apparent survival of translocated gopher tortoises: a comparison of newly released and previously established animals. Biological Conservation 141:2690-2697.

Reproduction / Mating System

Macdonald, L.A. 1996. Reintroduction of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) to reclaimed phosphate-mined land. Florida Institute of Phosphate Research Publication No. 03-105-126, Bartow.

Tuberville, T.D., T.M., Norton, B.J. Waffa, C. Hagen, T.C. Glenn. 2011. Mating system in a gopher tortoise population established through multiple translocations: Apparent advantage of prior residence. Biological Conservation 144:175-183.

Ethics & Evaluation of Success

McCoy, E.D., and K. Berry. 2008. Using an ecological ethics framework to make decisions about the relocation of wildlife. Science and Engineering Ethics 14:505-521.

Riedl, S.C., H.R. Mushinsky, and E.D. McCoy. 2008. Translocation of the gopher tortoise: difficulties associated with assessing success. Applied Herpetology 5:145-160.

Release Site Selection

Smith, L.L., J.M. Linehan, J.M. Stober, M.J. Elliott, and J.B. Jensen. 2009. An evaluation of distance sampling for large-scale gopher tortoise surveys in Georgia, USA. Applied Herpetology 6:355-368.

(DT): Heaton, J.S., K.E. Nussear, T.C. Esque, R.D. Inman, F.M.Davenport, T.E. Leuteritz, P.A. Medica, N.W. Strout, P.A. Burgess, and L. Benvenuti. 2008. Spatially explicit decision support for selecting translocation areas for Mojave desert tortoises. Biodiversity Conservation 17:575-590.

Health / Disease / Stress / Body condition

Hernandez, S.M., T.D. Tuberville, P. Frank, B.W. Ritchie, S.J. Stahl, M.M. McBride, K.A. Buhlmann, and S.J. Divers. In Press. Health and reproductive assessment of a free-ranging Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) population following translocation. Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.

Historical Debate

Burke, R.L. 1989. Florida gopher tortoise relocation: overview and case study. Biol. Conserv. 48:295-309.

Dodd, C.K. & Seigel, R.A. (1991). Relocation, repatriation, and translocation of amphibians and reptiles: are they conservation strategies that work? Herpetologica 47:336-350.

Lohoefener, R. & Lohmeier, L. (1986). Experiments with gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) relocation in southern Mississippi. Herpetol. Rev. 17:37-40.

Seigel, R.A., Dodd, Jr., C.K., 2000. Manipulations of turtle populations for conservation: halfway technologies or viable options?, in Klemens, M.W. (Ed.), Turtle Conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, pp. 218-238.

Tuberville Recent Gopher Tortoise Publications

Tuberville, T.D., T.M., Norton, B.J. Waffa, C. Hagen, T.C. Glenn. 2011. Mating system in a gopher tortoise population established through multiple translocations: Apparent advantage of prior residence. Biological Conservation 144:175-183.

Tuberville, T.D., T. M. Norton, B.D. Todd, and J. S. Spratt. 2008. Long-term apparent survival of translocated gopher tortoises: a comparison of newly released and previously established animals. Biological Conservation 141:2690-2697.

Smith, L.L., T.D. Tuberville, and R.A. Seigel. 2006. Workshop on the ecology, status, and management of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Newton, GA, 16-17 January 2003: Final results and recommendations. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 5: 326-330.

Tuberville, T. D., E.E. Clark, K.A. Buhlmann and J.W. Gibbons. 2005. Translocation as a conservation tool: site fidelity and movement of repatriated gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Animal Conservation 8: 349-358.

Smith, R.B., T.D. Tuberville, A.L. Chambers, K.M. Herpich, and J.E. Berish. 2005. Gopher tortoise burrow survey methods: external characteristics classification, burrow cameras, and truth. Applied Herpetology 2:161-170.

Tuberville, T.D., and M.E. Dorcas. 2001. Winter survey of a gopher tortoise population in South Carolina. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 4: 182-186.

In Press

Grosse, A.M., K.A. Buhlmann, B.B. Harris, B.A. DeGregorio, B.M. Moule, R.V. Horan III, and T.D. Tuberville. In press. Nest guarding in the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). Chelonian Conservation and Biology.

Hernandez, S.M., T.D. Tuberville, P. Frank, B.W. Ritchie, S.J. Stahl, M.M. McBride, K.A. Buhlmann, and S.J. Divers. In press. Health and reproductive assessment of a free-ranging Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) population following translocation. Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.

Tuberville, T.D., K.M. Andrews, J.D. Westervelt, H.E. Balbach, J. Macey, and L. Carlile. In press. Using demographic sensitivity testing to identify management targets for gopher tortoises on Ft. Stewart, Georgia: a comparison of individual-based modeling and population viability analysis approaches. Editor: J. Westervelt. Book title: Ecologist-Developed Spatially-Explicit Dynamic Landscape Models. Publisher: Springer. Book chapter.

DeGregorio, B.A., K.A. Buhlmann, A.M. Grosse, B.B. Harris, R.V. Horan III, T.D. Tuberville, and B.M. Moule. In press. Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise). Burrow Associate. Herpetological Review (Natural History Note).

Reports

Tuberville, T.D., and A. Grosse. 2011. A survey for gopher tortoises and burrow commensals on NAS Whiting Field and its associated outlying landing fields (Cooperative Agreement #W912DY0920054). Final report. 30 September 2011. 63 pp (including appendices)

Tuberville, T.D., A. Grosse, and S. Schweitzer. 2010. Indigo snake survey of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia, Cooperative Agreement #401819J641. Final report. 9 August 2010. 29 pp. (including appendices). **Also includes estimate of gopher tortoise population based on burrow camera surveys

Tuberville, T.D., S. Schweitzer, and L. Bryan. 2009. Gopher tortoise survey of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia, Cooperative Agreement #N69450-08-RP-00012. Final report. 20 May 2009. 33pg (including appendices).

Tuberville, T.D., J.W. Gibbons, and H.E. Balbach. 2009. Estimating viability of gopher tortoise populations. Report to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. ERDC/CERL TR-09-2. (Report can be downloaded from www.cecer.army.mil).

Tuberville, T.D. 2008. Evaluating the utility of translocation for turtle conservation: a case study based on the behavioral and demographic responses of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Dissertation, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 189 pp.

Tuberville, T.D., K.A. Buhlmann, H.E. Balbach, S.H. Bennett, J.P. Nestor, J.W. Gibbons, and R.R. Sharitz. 2007. Habitat selection by the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). Report to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. ERDC/CERL TR-07-01. (Report can be downloaded from www.cecer.army.mil)

Theses/Dissertations

Tuberville, T.D. 2008. Evaluating the utility of translocation for turtle conservation: a case study based on the behavioral and demographic responses of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Dissertation, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 189 pp.

Tuberville, T. D. 1998. Effects of soil disturbance by gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) on vegetation structure and composition in a pine-oak sandhills community. M.S. Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 94 p.

McCoy

McCoy, E.D., H.R. Mushinsky & J.K. Lindzey. 2006. Population declines of the gopher tortoise on protected lands. BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION 128: 120-127.

Moon, J.C., E.D. McCoy, H.R. Mushinsky & S.A. Karl. 2006. Multiple paternity and breeding systems in the gopher tortoise. JOURNAL OF HEREDITY 97: 150-157.

Mushinsky, E.D. & E.D. McCoy. 2006. The gopher tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, an underground engineer. REPTILIA 49:16-21.

Mushinsky, H.R., E.D. McCoy, J.S. Berish, R.E. Ashton & D.S. Wilson. 2006. Gopherus polyphemus – gopher tortoise. In: Biology and Conservation of Florida Turtles, pp. 350-375 (CHELONIAN RESEARCH MONOGRAPHS 3, Meylan, Ed.).

Riedl, S. 2006. The effects of translocation on movements, reproductive activity, and body condition of resident and translocated gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in Central Florida. MS Thesis, University of South Florida.

Ashton, R., P. Ashton, J. Berish, B. Blihovde, B. Bolt, S. Hermann, C. Guyer, E. Jacobson, E.D. McCoy, H.R. Mushinsky & W. Thompson. 2007. Scientific review of relocation in the Gopher Tortoise management plan. FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION. 7pp.

Basiotis, K. 2007. The effects of invasive cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) on the threatened gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). MS Thesis, University of South Florida.

Halstead, B.J., E.D. McCoy, T.A. Stilson & H.R. Mushinsky. 2007. Alternative foraging tactics of a central place forager examined using correlated random walk models. HERPETOLOGICA 63: 472-481.

McCoy, E.D. & H.R. Mushinsky. 2007. Estimates of minimum patch size depend on the method of estimation and the condition of the habitat. ECOLOGY 88: 1401-1407.

McCoy, E.D., H.R. Mushinsky & J.K. Lindzey. 2007. Conservation strategies and emergent diseases: The case of upper respiratory tract disease in the gopher tortoise. CHELONIAN CONSERVATION AND BIOLOGY 6: 170-176.

Robbins, K. 2007. Spatially-explicit habitat suitability analysis of juvenile gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). MS Thesis, University of South Florida..

Durbin, D., S. Gonzalez, K. Robbins, N. Halstead, H.R. Mushinsky & E.D. McCoy. 2008. Wildlife habitat and wildlife utilization of phosphate-mined lands. FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF PHOSPHATE RESEARCH, 98pp.

McCoy, E.D. 2008. A data aggregation problem in studies of upper respiratory tract disease in the gopher tortoise. HERPETOLOGICAL REVIEW 39: 419-422.

McCoy, E.D. & K.S. Berry. 2008. Using an Ecological Ethics framework to make decisions about the relocation of wildlife. SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ETHICS 14: 505-521.

McCoy, E.D., H.R. Mushinsky & R.D. Moore. 2008. A future with small populations of the gopher tortoise. In: Urban Herpetology, pp. 479-487 (HERPETOLOGICAL CONSERVATION 3, Mitchell, Brown, and Bartholomew, Eds.).

Riedl, S.C., H.R. Mushinsky & E.D. McCoy. 2008. Translocation of the gopher tortoise: Difficulties associated with assessing success. APPLIED HERPETOLOGY 5: 145-160.

McCoy, E.D., R.D. Moore, H.R. Mushinsky & S.C. Popa. 2011. Effects of rainfall and the potential influence of climate change on two congeneric tortoise species. CHELONIAN CONSERVATION AND BIOLOGY 10: 34-41.

Other

Birkhead, R. D., C. Guyer, S. Hermann, and W. K. Michener. 2005. Patterns of folivory and seed ingestion by gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in a southeastern pine savanna. American Midland Naturalist 154:143-151.

Boglioli, M. D., C. Guyer, and W. K. Michener. 2003. Mating opportunities of female gopher tortoises, Gopherus polyphemus, in relation to spatial isolation of females and their burrows. Copeia 2003:846-850.

Boglioli, M. D., W. K. Michener, and C. Guyer. 2000. Habitat selection and modification by the gopher tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, in Georgia longleaf pine forest. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 3:699-705.

Eubanks, J. O., J. W. Hollister, C. Guyer, and W. K. Michener. 2002. Reserve area requirements for gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Chelenion Conservation and Biology 4:464-471.

Eubanks, J. O., W. K. Michener, and C. Guyer. 2003. Patterns of movement and burrow use in a population of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). Herpetologica 59:311-321.

Ott, J. A., M. T. Mendonca, C. Guyer, and W. K. Michener. 2000. Seasonal changes in sex and adrenal steroid hormones of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). General and Comparative Endocrinology 117:299-312.

Smith, L. L., J. M. Linehan, J. M. Stober, M. J. Elliott, and J. B. Jensen. 2009. An evaluation of distance sampling for large-scale gopher tortoise surveys in Georgia, USA. Applied Herpetology 6:355-368.

Smith, L. L., J. M. Linehan, J. M. Stober, M. J. Elliott, and J. B. Jensen. 2009. An evaluation of distance sampling for large-scale gopher tortoise surveys in Georgia, USA. Applied Herpetology 6:355-368.

Smith, L. L., D. A. Steen, L. M. Conner, and J. C. Rutledge. 2012. Effects of predator exclusion on nest and hatchling survival in the gopher tortoise. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.449.

Smith, L. L., T. D. Tuberville, and R. A. Seigel. 2006. Workshop on the ecology, status, and management of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, 16-17 January 2003: final results and recommendations. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 5:326-330.

Steen, D. A., G. J. Miller, S. C. Sterrett, and L. L. Smith. 2005. Gopherus polyphemus (gopher tortoise). Juvenile use of gopher tunnel. Herpetological Review 36:442.

Stober, J. M., and L. L. Smith. 2010. Total counts versus line transects for estimating abundance of small gopher tortoise populations. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:1595-1600.

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