Dr. Amber Pitt is the lead author, along with Max Nickerson, a colleague from the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, of a manuscript entitled “Description and comparison of turtle assemblages and populations located within a spring-fed river” that was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology. This manuscript 1) describes differences in river turtle populations and communities in two sections of a stream with varying thermal profiles and level of anthropogenic impact, 2) provides baseline data with which results from future studies can be compared, and 3) suggests that public lands (e.g., National Forests) provide refugia for sensitive species and may retain more robust populations of species that have declined in association with habitat degradation in nearby locations.
Check out Dr. Pitt’s research: Pitt, A.L., and M.A. Nickerson. 2014. Description and comparison of turtle assemblages and populations located within a spring-fed river. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 9(3):475-483.