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«BETSIE B. ROTHERMEL Archbold Biological Station, 123 Main Drive, Venus, FL 33960 phone: (863) 465-2571, email: brothermel ...»

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Archbold Biological Station, 123 Main Drive, Venus, FL 33960

phone: (863) 465-2571, email: brothermel@archbold-station.org


2003 University of Missouri-Columbia Ph.D. Biological Sciences

Advisor: Dr. R.D. Semlitsch

1994 Pennsylvania State University M.S. Ecology – Conservation Biology option

Advisor: Dr. R.H. Yahner

1990 Cornell University B.S. Natural Resources


2016-present Associate Research Biologist and Program Director, Restoration Ecology and Herpetology Program, Archbold Biological Station, Venus, FL 2008-2016 Assistant Research Biologist and Program Director, Restoration Ecology and Herpetology Program, Archbold Biological Station, Venus, FL 2006-2008 Assistant Professor in Department of Biology and Principal Investigator, The Center of Excellence for Field Biology, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN 2006-2009 Adjunct Faculty, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia 2003-2006 Assistant Research Scientist (February – May 2006); Postdoctoral Research Associate (September 2003 – January 2006), University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Lab, Aiken, SC. Faculty Mentor: Dr. J.W. Gibbons.

1998-1999 Resource Management Assistant, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, State Parks & Historic Sites Division, Atlanta, GA – Coordinated a pilot project to develop recommendations for conserving biodiversity in four state parks. Developed maps and educational materials for park personnel using a geographic information system (GIS).

1996-1998 Director of Education (June 1997 – June 1998) & Volunteer Coordinator (January 1996 – June 1997), Georgia Wildlife Federation, Conyers, GA – Coordinated the Backyard & Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat programs. Conducted public outreach and handled requests for information. Managed a 500-person volunteer program, special events and field projects, including stream monitoring, bird counts, and Gopher Tortoise surveys.

Produced newsletters for environmental educators and GWF members.

1995 Stewardship Assistant, The Nature Conservancy of Georgia, Atlanta, GA – Wrote fire management plans and served on fire crew. Monitored rare plant populations. Assisted with preserve management and supervised volunteers.

1992 Staff Assistant, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, GA – Trained and supervised participants in Junior Zoo Crew, a youth volunteer program.

1990-1991 Assistant Scientist, Versar, Inc. Columbia, MD – Conducted monitoring of estuarine

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 Population biology, behavioral ecology, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles  Ecological restoration of agriculturally impacted wetlands  Disturbance dynamics and community ecology of seasonal wetlands  Amphibian disease ecology PUBLICATIONS (+undergraduate co-authors)


1. Balcom BJ, Yahner RH (1996) Microhabitat and landscape characteristics associated with the threatened Allegheny Woodrat. Conserv Biol 10:515-525

2. Boone MD, Bridges CM, Rothermel BB (2001) Growth and development of larval Green Frogs (Rana clamitans) exposed to multiple doses of an insecticide. Oecologia 129:518-524

3. Rothermel BB, Semlitsch RD (2002) An experimental investigation of landscape resistance of forest versus old-field habitats to emigrating juvenile amphibians. Conserv Biol 16:1324-1332

4. Boone MD, Semlitsch RD, Fairchild JF, Rothermel BB (2004) Effects of an insecticide on amphibians in large-scale experimental ponds. Ecol Appl 14:685-691

5. Rittenhouse TAG, Doyle MC+, Mank CR+, Rothermel BB, Semlitsch RD (2004) Substrate cues influence habitat selection by Spotted Salamanders. J Wildl Manage 68:1151-1158

6. Rothermel BB (2004) Migratory success of juveniles: a potential constraint on connectivity for pond-breeding amphibians. Ecol Appl 14:1535-1546

7. Rothermel BB, Luhring TM+ (2005) Burrow availability and desiccation risk of Mole Salamanders (Ambystoma talpoideum) in harvested versus unharvested forest stands. J Herpetol 39:619-626

8. Todd BD, Rothermel BB (2006) Assessing quality of clearcut habitats for amphibians: effects on abundances versus vital rates in the Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris). Biol Conserv 133:178-185

9. Rothermel BB, Semlitsch RD (2006) Consequences of forest fragmentation for juvenile survival in spotted (Ambystoma maculatum) and marbled (A. opacum) salamanders. Can J Zool 84:797-807

10. Gibbons JW et al. (25th of 25 authors) (2006) Remarkable amphibian biomass and abundance in an isolated wetland: implications for wetland conservation. Conserv Biol 20:1457-1465

11. Graeter GJ, Rothermel BB (2007) The effectiveness of fluorescent powdered pigments as a tracking technique for amphibians. Herpetol Rev 38:162-166

12. Rothermel BB, Jensen JB, Camp CD, Schwaner TD (2007) Desmognathus folkertsi (Dwarf Blackbellied Salamander), Geographic Distribution. Herpetol Rev 38:213

13. Rothermel BB, Walls SC, Mitchell JC, Dodd, CK, Jr., Irwin L, Green DE, Vazquez VM, Petranka JW, Stevenson DJ (2008) Widespread occurrence of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in amphibian populations in the southeastern USA. Dis Aquat Org 82:3-18

14. Hocking DJ, Rittenhouse TAG, Rothermel BB, Johnson JR, Conner CA, Harper EB, Semlitsch RD (2008) Breeding and recruitment phenology of amphibians in Missouri oak-hickory forests. Am Midland Nat 160:41-60 Page 3 of 11

15. Graeter GJ, Rothermel BB, Gibbons JW (2008) Habitat selection and movement of pond-breeding amphibians in experimentally fragmented pine forests. J Wildl Manage 72:473-482

16. Todd BD, Rothermel BB, Reed RN, Luhring TM, Schlatter K +, Trenkamp L+, Gibbons JW (2008) Habitat alteration increases invasive fire ant abundance to the detriment of amphibians and reptiles.

Biol Invasions 10:539-546

17. Vazquez VM, Rothermel BB, Pessier AP (2009) Experimental infection of North American plethodontid salamanders with the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Dis Aquat Org 84:1-7

18. Chatfield MWH, Rothermel BB, Brooks C, Kay J + (2009) Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in amphibians from the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, USA. Herpetol Rev 40:176-179

19. Todd BD, Luhring TM, Rothermel BB, Gibbons JW (2009) Effects of forest removal on amphibian migrations: implications for habitat and landscape connectivity. J Appl Ecol 46:554-561

20. Semlitsch RD, Todd BD, Blomquist SM, Calhoun AJK, Gibbons JW, Gibbs JP, Graeter GJ, Harper EB, Hocking DJ, Hunter ML, Jr., Patrick DA, Rittenhouse TAG, Rothermel BB (2009) Effects of timber harvest on amphibian populations: understanding mechanisms from forest experiments.

BioScience 59:853-862

21. Castellón TD, Rothermel BB, Nomani SZ (2012) Gopher Tortoise burrow densities in scrub and flatwoods habitats of peninsular Florida. Chelonian Conserv Biol 11:153-161

22. Jones MEB, Armién AG, Rothermel BB, Pessier AP (2012) Granulomatous myositis associated with a novel alveolate pathogen in an adult Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus).

Dis Aquat Org 102:163-167

23. O’Connor JH+, Rothermel BB (2013) Distribution and population characteristics of African Jewelfish and Brown Hoplo in modified wetlands in south Florida. Am Midland Nat 170:52-65

24. Rothermel BB, Travis ER, Miller DL, Hill RL, McGuire JL, Yabsley MJ (2013) High occupancy of stream salamanders despite high Ranavirus prevalence in a southern Appalachians watershed.

EcoHealth 10:184-189

25. Rothermel BB, Forsburg ZR+, Phillips NC+ (2013) Osteopilus septentrionalis (Cuban Treefrog), Post-invasion Spread. Herpetol Rev 44:656-657

26. Rothermel BB, Castellón TD (2014) Factors influencing reproductive output and egg size in a southern population of Gopher Tortoises. Southeastern Nat 13:705-720

27. Bateman PW, Fleming PA, Jones BC, Rothermel BB (2014) Defensive responses of Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) are influenced by risk assessment and level of habituation to humans. Behaviour 151:1267-1280

28. Drake DL, Ousterhout BH, Johnson JR, Anderson TL, Peterman WE, Shulse CD, Hocking DJ, Lohraff KL, Harper EB, Rittenhouse TAG, Rothermel BB, Eggert LS, Semlitsch RD (2015) Pondbreeding amphibian community composition in Missouri. Am Midland Nat 174:180-187

29. Scott DE, Yanes Y, Rothermel BB, Pilgrim M, Romanek CS (2015) Efficacy of labeling wetlands with enriched 15N to determine amphibian dispersal. Wetlands 35:349-356 Page 4 of 11

30. Yuan ML+, Dean SH+, Longo AV, Rothermel BB, Tuberville TD, Zamudio KR (2015) Kinship, inbreeding, and fine-scale spatial structure influence gut microbiota in a hindgut-fermenting tortoise. Mol Ecol 24:2521-2536

31. Noss CF+, Rothermel BB (2015) Juvenile recruitment of Oak Toads (Anaxyrus quercicus) varies with time-since-fire in seasonal ponds. J Herpetol 49:364-370

32. Castellón TD, Rothermel BB, Nomani SZ (2015) A comparison of line-transect distance sampling methods for estimating Gopher Tortoise population densities. Wildl Soc Bull 39:804-812

33. Rothermel BB, Miller DL, Travis ER, Gonynor McGuire JL, Jensen JB, Yabsley MJ (2016) Disease dynamics of red-spotted newts and their anuran prey in a montane pond community. Dis Aquat Org 118:113-127

34. Bauder JM, Breininger DR, Bolt MR, Legare ML, Jenkins CL, Rothermel BB, McGarigal K (2016) Seasonal variation in eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) movement patterns and space use in peninsular Florida at multiple temporal scales. Herpetologica (in press)

35. Bauder JM, Breininger DR, Bolt MR, Legare ML, Jenkins CL, Rothermel BB, McGarigal K (2016) The influence of sex and season on conspecific spatial overlap in a large, actively-foraging colubrid snake. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160033


1. McCollum J, Rothermel B, Rabolli C (1996) Georgia Wildlife Viewing Guide. Georgia Wildlife Press, Conyers, GA

2. Semlitsch RD, Rothermel BB (2003) A foundation for conservation and management of amphibians. Pp 242-259 In: Semlitsch RD (ed). Amphibian Conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC

3. Bishop CA, Cunnington DC, Fellers GM, Gibbs JP, Pauli BD, Rothermel BB (2003) Physical habitat and its alteration: a common ground for exposure of amphibians to environmental stressors.

Pp 209-241 In: Linder G, Krest SK, Sparling DW (eds). Amphibian Decline: An Integrated Analysis of Multiple Stressor Effects. SETAC Press, Pensacola, FL

4. Rothermel BB (2008) Hyla cinerea In: Jensen J, Camp C, Gibbons JW, Elliott M (eds).

Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia. University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA

5. Rothermel BB, Gibbons JW (2008) Virginia valeriae In: Jensen J, Camp C, Gibbons JW, Elliott M (eds). Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia. University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA

6. Mendelson JR, III, Pramuk JB, Gagliardo R, Pessier A, Rothermel BB, Zippel KC, Bevier C, Preest M, Crother B (2009) Considerations and recommendations for raising live amphibians in classrooms. Herpetol Rev 40:142-144


Tucker RC, Rothermel BB, Daskin JH. Preparing Florida pasture for grassland restoration: Seedling establishment after herbiciding and tilling. Nat Areas J (accepted) White KN, Rothermel BB, White MT. Aspidoscelis sexlineata sexlineata (Eastern Six-lined Racerunner), Reproduction. Herpetol Rev (in review) White KN, Rothermel BB, White MT. Sceloporus woodi (Florida Scrub Lizard), Reproduction.

Herpetol Rev (in review) Page 5 of 11


Rothermel BB, Travis ER (2011) Establishment of an Amphibian Monitoring Program in the Southern Blue Ridge. Final Report for 2008-2010 to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. 151 pp.

Castellón TD, Rothermel BB (2011) Population Survey and Monitoring of the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) at Avon Park Air Force Range. Final Report for 2008-2011 to U.S. Air Force. Cooperative Agreement W81XWH-06-2-0026. 253 pp.

Rothermel BB, Heemeyer J (2016) Population Monitoring and Management of Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) and Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) at Avon Park Air Force Range. Interim Report for 2014-2016 to U.S. Air Force. Cooperative Agreement W9126G-12-2pp.



2000 American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists, Gaige Fund Award $500 2000 University of Missouri, Conservation Biology Program Summer Fellowship $3,000 2003-08 National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Land-use practices and persistence of amphibian populations. Award No. DEB-0242874. PI: R.D. Semlitsch, co-PIs: ML

Hunter, JP Gibbs, JW Gibbons, BB Rothermel. Total award $1,200,000 (UGA share:

$283,452) 2004-07 National Park Service: Incidence of chytrid fungal parasitism in southeastern national parks. PI: J.W. Gibbons, co-PI: BB Rothermel. $46,243 2006 Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force Seed Grant: Assessing the susceptibility of North American plethodontid salamanders to chytrid fungal infection. BB Rothermel, VM Vazquez. $2,000 2007 National Park Service, Appalachian Highlands Research Grant: Prevalence and potential threat of an emerging disease to amphibians in the Appalachian Highlands. BB Rothermel, M Chatfield. $2,000 2007-08 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Regional Environmental Priorities (REP):

Enhancement of watershed protection measures in the karst region of Pleasant Grove Creek, Kentucky. PI: AN Barrass, co-PIs: BB Rothermel, M Wilson, DM Rogers.

$75,000 2008-10 Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Nongame Conservation Section:

Establishment of an amphibian monitoring program in the Southern Blue Ridge of Georgia. PI: BB Rothermel. $101,529 2008-11 U.S. Department of Defense: Population monitoring of Gopher Tortoises at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida. PI: BB Rothermel. $394,613 2012-15 Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund: Restoring habitat for Gopher Tortoises. PI: BB Rothermel. Three annual awards, total $74,900 2012-16 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), Working Lands for Wildlife: Habitat improvements for Gopher Tortoises on the Archbold Reserve.

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