American Alligator Ecology and Monitoring for CERPEntry ID: USGS_SOFIA_rice_alligators_04
Abstract: This project will accomplish several tasks with a combination of field data collection, GIS mapping, and computer simulation. Our main objectives are designed to answer questions critical to restoration success and to provide the tools necessary for evaluation: 1. Develop monitoring methods necessary for evaluation of restoration success in alligator populations. 2. Understand the effects of ... decompartmentalization and other CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan) projects on restoration of alligator populations. 3. Identify and quantify the extent of aquatic refugia maintained by alligators throughout the system and develop relationships necessary to predict restoration of refugia. 4. Validate and update ecological models for use in prediction of the effects of restoration.
Many important questions concerning the effects of Everglades restoration on alligator populations remain unanswered such as the impacts of decompartmentalization, the role of alligator holes as aquatic refugia, and the effects of hydrology on population growth and condition. Further, the methods for monitoring and evaluating restoration success are not clear or have not been adapted for use during CERP. Also, we need to continue to update and validate restoration tools such as population models for use in alternative selection, performance measure development, and prediction. This project will directly address the questions outlined above, develop monitoring methods, and validate restoration tools for use in CERP. All project tasks have been requested by management agencies in South Florida (NPS, USFWS), listed as critical CERP priority research needs (see USGS Ecological Modeling Workshop at http://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/infosheets/ecoworkshop/ ), and/or highlighted as science objectives for CESI
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Kenneth G. Rice Frank J. Mazzotti; H. Franklin Percival
Dataset Title: American Alligator Ecology and Monitoring for CERP
Dataset Release Date: Unpublished MaterialOnline Resource: http://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/gator_eco/
Start Date: 2002-10-01Stop Date: 2006-12-31
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > HABITAT CONVERSION/FRAGMENTATION > RECLAMATION/REVEGETATION/RESTORATION
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES > ALLIGATORS/CROCODILES
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints These data are subject to change and are not citeable until reviewed and approved for official publication.
Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (954) 577-6305
Fax: (954) 577-4091
Email: ken_g_rice at usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey University of Florida Field Station 3205 College Ave.
City: Fort Lauderdale
Province or State: FL
Postal Code: 33314
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: alicia.m.aleman at nasa.gov
Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Woodward, A. R., Moore, C. T., 1990, Statewide alligator surveys: Final report, Tallahassee, FL, Bureau of Wildlife Research, Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission.
Campbell, Mark R., Mazzotti, Frank J., 2001, Mapping Everglades Alligator Holes Using Color Infrared Aerial Photography, Florida Scientist, v. 64, issue 2, Orlando, FL, Florida Academy of Sciences.
Mazzotti, Frank J., Brandt, Laura A., 1994, Ecology of the American alligator in a seasonally fluctuating environment, Delray Beach, FL, St. Lucie Press, in Everglades: the ecosystem and its restoration,
Steven M. Davie and John C. Ogden, editors.
Palmer, Mark R., Gross, Louis; Rice, Kenneth G., 1998, ATLSS American Alligator Production Index Model Basic Model Description, Knoxville, TN, The Institute for Environmental Modeling, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. http://atlss.org/gator_mod.html
Rice, K. G., Mazzotti, F. J.; Brandt, L. A., 2003, Status of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in Southern Florida and its Role in Measuring Restoration Success in the Everglades,
Melbourne, FL, Krieger Publishers, in Status and Conservation of Florida Amphibians and Reptiles, W. E. Meshaka and K. J. Babbitt, editors.
Slone, D. H., Rice, K. G.; Allen, J. C., 2003, Model evaluates influence of Everglades restoration plan on alligator populations (Florida), Ecological Restoration, V. 21, n. 2, Madison, WI,
University of Wisconsin Press.
Zweig, C. L., Mazzotti, F. J.; Brandt, L. A.; Rice, K. G., 2003, Evaluation of field measurements of the American alligator for use in porphometric studies, Herpetological Review, V. 34, n. 1, Laclede, MO,
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-02-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27