Fellow Tropical River’s lab member Adrian Figueroa has always been fascinated with turtles. Growing up he had three; a Red-eared slider, a Mississippi map turtle and a Loggerhead musk turtle. Now Adrian is applying his love for turtles with his undergrad research work in partnership with the Zoo Miami’s Conservation and Research Department. Adrian has been looking at seed consumption by gopher tortoises in the Richmond Tract Pine Rocklands from October 2016 until January 2018 and presented his research results at the 40th Annual Gopher Tortoise Council Conference in early October at the Archbold Biological Research Station!
When asked if he has plans to further his research, Adrian said he would like to expand on his research in graduate school to see the relationship between seed ingestion in gopher tortoises and dispersal of seeds on pine rockland soils after the rocklands have had a prescribed burn or burned with wild fires.
Great job Adrian, best wishes with grad school and we look forward to hearing more about your research with gopher tortoises!