research primarily focuses on wetland
restoration and the ecology of two rare
amphibians of the Gulf Coastal Plain,
reticulated flatwoods salamanders and Florida
bog frogs. We
are interested in understanding the role of
fire in wetland systems embedded in the
longleaf pine ecosystem and methods to restore
this habitat for rare amphibians using fire
Wetland habitat restoration
Dr. John Himes (Florida FWC), Bruce Hagedorn
(Jackson Guard, Eglin AFB), and Kathy Gault (Jackson Guard, Eglin AFB) we have started a long-term
project to investigate methods to restore
fire-suppressed flatwoods wetlands that have
potential to be used as breeding wetlands by
Reticulated Flatwoods Salamanders and other
rare amphibians.The primary goals of this research are
to examine the:
of a suite of wetland restoration techniques
to improve the management of breeding habitat
for Reticulated Flatwoods
of breeding habitat degradation in the
decline of Reticulated Flatwoods
Salamander In addition to our habitat
restoration work we areincreasing
our efforts to understand the breeding ecology
and population dynamics of flatwoods
status at breeding wetlands
of adult and metamorph salamanders to and from
the breeding wetlands
between adult visitation and larval occupancy
monitoring of larval occupancy and
Florida Bog Frog
of fire on the riparian breeding habitat used
by Florida Bog Frogs.
characteristics at breeding sites used
by bog frogs. 3. Range-wide and
stream-level scale occupancy of Florida
Bog Frogs on Eglin Air Force Base.
relationships between Florida bog Frogs
and bronze Frogs. 2.
Competitive interactions between Florida
Bog Frog and Bronze Frog tadpoles.
Gopher Tortoise research
In collaboration with
colleagues at Virginia Tech (primarily Steve
Goodman, Carola Haas, Lori Blanc and Kelly
Jones) and Jackson Guard, in 2010 we initiated
a long-term monitoring program for Gopher
Tortoises on Eglin Air Force Base.
River Otter Research
objectives of this research were to document
survival and cause-specific mortality of river
otters in order to assess the plausibility of a
legal trapping season. Also, we documented
the habitat characteristics of river otter natal
den sites, and examined the effects of sex and
age on size, fidelity, and overlap of river
otter home ranges. Currently, I am
collaborating with Danny Martin, Dr.
Brock McMillan, and Dr.
John Erb on aerial snow-tracking methods and
habitat selection of river otters.