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Ecology, Modeling, and Monitoring of Crocodilians in the Greater Everglades
Kristen Hart, Michael Cherkiss
Project Start Date: 2003 End Date: 2015
Recent Funding: (FY14) USGS GE PES, (FY12) USGS GE PES, (FY11) USACE CERP/MAP, USGS GE PES, (FY10) USACE CERP/MAP, USGS GE PES, (FY09) USACE CERP/MAP, USGS GE PES, (FY08) USACE CERP/MAP, USGS GE PES, (FY07) ENP CESI, USACE CERP/MAP, USGS GE PES
|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.
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.