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Comparative study examining diversity of vertebrates utilizing gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) burrows at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Buckingham campus

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2017
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Gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) are an endangered keystone species whose burrows provide shelter to hundreds of other vertebrates. Species diversity can be a good indicator of habitat health and an important factor to consider in the conservation of gopher tortoises. An observational study of gopher tortoise burrows was conducted utilizing eight game cameras placed in two diverse areas, conservation and urban, at FGCU’s Buckingham Campus located in subtropical southwest Florida. Data collected was used to compare diversity of vertebrate species that share the gopher tortoise burrows and analyzed with binomial tests, Rayleigh tests, chi-squared tests and contingency tables. The purpose for this study is to examine how gopher tortoises coexist with species utilizing their burrows. Determining the relationship between the tortoises and the various species they share their burrows with can be crucial to preventing the extinction of the gopher tortoise and improving conservation efforts.
Title: Comparative study examining diversity of vertebrates utilizing gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) burrows at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Buckingham campus.
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Name(s): Dittmer, Haley, author
Birth, Elizabeth, author
Jenkins, Katie, author
Spring 2017 Senior Research in Biology and Environmental Studies
Type of Resource: text
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2017
Physical Form: PDF
Language(s): English
eng
Summary: Gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) are an endangered keystone species whose burrows provide shelter to hundreds of other vertebrates. Species diversity can be a good indicator of habitat health and an important factor to consider in the conservation of gopher tortoises. An observational study of gopher tortoise burrows was conducted utilizing eight game cameras placed in two diverse areas, conservation and urban, at FGCU’s Buckingham Campus located in subtropical southwest Florida. Data collected was used to compare diversity of vertebrate species that share the gopher tortoise burrows and analyzed with binomial tests, Rayleigh tests, chi-squared tests and contingency tables. The purpose for this study is to examine how gopher tortoises coexist with species utilizing their burrows. Determining the relationship between the tortoises and the various species they share their burrows with can be crucial to preventing the extinction of the gopher tortoise and improving conservation efforts.
Identifier: fgcu_UGR_0035 (IID)
Note(s): Posters from senior research in biology and environmental studies - Spring 2017. Research mentor: Dr. John Herman & Dr. Nora Demers
Subject(s): Black Spiny Tailed Iguana
FGCU's Buckingham property
Native Species
Game Cameras
Gopher tortoise
Gopherus polyphemus
Ctenosaura similis
Non-native species
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fgcu/fd/fgcu_UGR_0035
Use and Reproduction: In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Owner Institution: FGCU

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