Publications of research conducted or funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Diemer Berish, J. E., R.A. Kiltie, and T. M. Thomas. 2012. Long-term population dynamics of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in a pine plantation in northern Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11:50-58. Access Publication.

Diemer Berish, J. E. and T. J. Miller. 2012. A device for restraining gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) during blood extraction. Herpetological Review 43:59-61.

Berish (Diemer), J. E., P. E. Moler, and C. Sinclair-Winters. 2011. Microsatellite analysis of the genetic variation in panhandle gopher tortoise populations, with comparisons to peninsula populations. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee. Final Report. 34 pp.

Diemer Berish, J. E., L. D. Wendland, R. A. Kiltie, E. P. Garrison, and C. A. Gates. 2010. Effects of mycoplasmal upper respiratory tract disease on morbidity and mortality of gopher tortoises in northern and central Florida. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46:695-705. Access Publication.

Wendland, L. D., J. Wooding, C. L. White, D. Demcovitz, R. Littell, J. Diemer Berish, A. Ozgul, M. K. Oli, P. A. Klein, M. C. Christman, and M. B. Brown. 2010. Social behavior drives the dynamics of respiratory disease in threatened tortoises. Ecology 91(5):1257-1262. Access Publication.

Wendland, L., H. Balbach, M. Brown, J. Diemer Berish, R. Littell, and M. Clark. 2009. Handbook on gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) health evaluation procedures for use by land managers and researchers. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C. Final Report. 71pp.

Enge, K. M., J. E. Berish, R. Bolt, A. Dziergowski, and H. R. Mushinsky. 2006. Biological status report - gopher tortoise. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee. 60 pp.

Gates, C. A., M. J. Allen, J. E. Diemer Berish, D. M. Stillwaugh, and S. R. Shattler. 2002. Characterization of a gopher tortoise mortality event in west-central Florida. Florida Scientist 65: 185-197.

Berish (Diemer), J. E. 2001. Management considerations for the gopher tortoise in Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee. Project Report (018). 44 pp. Access Publication.

Diemer Berish, J. E, L. D. Wendland, and C. A. Gates. 2000. Distribution and prevalence of upper respiratory tract disease in gopher tortoises in Florida. Journal of Herpetology 34:5-12.

Berish (Diemer), J. E. 1995. Identification of gopher tortoise restocking sites. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee. Final Report. 8 pp.

Diemer, J. E. and C. T. Moore. 1994. Reproduction of gopher tortoises in north-central Florida. pp. 129-137 in R. B. Bury and D. J. Germano, eds. Biology of North American Tortoises. National Biological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Research Report 13.

Diemer Berish, J. E. and C. T. Moore. 1993. Gopher tortoise response to large-scale clearcutting in northern Florida. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 47:419-427.

Diemer, J. E. 1992. Demography of the tortoise Gopherus polyphemus in northern Florida. Journal of Herpetology 26(3):281-289. Access Publication.

Diemer, J. E. 1992. Gopher tortoise. pp. 123-127 in P. E. Moler, ed. Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida. University Presses of Florida, Gainesville.

Diemer, J. E. 1992. Home range and movements of the tortoise Gopherus polyphemus in northern Florida. Journal of Herpetology 26:158-162.

Berish (Diemer), J. E. 1991. Identification of critical gopher tortoise habitat in south Florida. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee. Final Report. 23 pp.

Diemer, J. E. 1989. An overview of gopher tortoise relocation. pp. 1-6 in J. E. Diemer, D. R. Jackson, J. L. Landers, J. N. Layne, and D. A. Wood, eds. Gopher Tortoise Relocation Symposium Proceedings. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Nongame Wildlife Program Technical Report No. 5. Tallahassee.

Diemer, J. E. 1989. Gopherus polyphemus Gopher tortoise. pp. 14-16 in I. R. Swingland and M. W. Klemens, eds. The Conservation Biology of Tortoises. Occasional Papers of the IUCN Species Survival Committee No. 5. Access Publication.

Diemer, J. E. 1987. The status of the gopher tortoise in Florida. pp. 72-83 in R. Odom, K. Riddleberger, and J. Osier, eds. Proceedings of the Third Southeastern Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Symposium. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Game and Fish Division, Atlanta.

O’Meara, T. E. and M. J. Abbott. 1987. Gopher tortoise response to summer burning in longleaf pine/turkey oak sandhills. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee. Annual Report. 16 pp.

Diemer, J. E. 1986. The ecology and management of the gopher tortoise in the southeastern United States. Herpetologica 42:125-133.

Diemer, J. E. 1984. Tortoise relocation in Florida: solution or problem? Proceedings of the Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council 1984:131-135. Access Publication.

Diemer, J. E. and P. E. Moler. 1982. Gopher tortoise response to site preparation in northern Florida. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 36:634-637. Access Publication.



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