Mike Rochford

Mike Rochford

Email: miker@ufl.edu

Position and Affiliation

Invasive Species Coordinator, UF - Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Areas of Interest



B.S. Biology, Kansas State University

Project Involvement

Project Manager for Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP) and active participant in monitoring programs for American alligators and American crocodiles. Previously involved in Burmese python radio-telemetry and diet research.


Edwards JR, Rochford MR, Mazzotti FJ, Krysko KL. 2014. New county record for the veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus Duméril and Bibron 1851), in Broward County, Florida, with notes on intentional introductions of chameleons in southern Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 21(2):83-85.

Mazzotti FJ, McEachern M, Rochford MR, Reed RN, Ketterlin Eckles J, Vinci J, Edwards J, Wasilewski J. 2014. Tupinambis merianae as nest predators of crocodilians and turtles in Florida, USA. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-0730-1.

Rochford MR, Edwards JR, Howell PL, Ketterlin Eckles J, Barraco LA, Connor LL, Curtis MJ, Krysko KL, Mazzotti FJ. 2013. The panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis (Cuvier 1829)(Chamaeleonidae), another introduced chameleon species in Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 20(4):205-207.

Dorcas ME, Willson JD, Reed RN, Snow RW, Rochford MR, Miller MA, Meshaka, WE, Jr., Andreadis PR, Mazzotti FJ, Romagosa CM, Hart KM. 2012. Severe mammal declines coincide with proliferation of invasive Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(7):2418-2422.

Krysko KL, Somma LA, Rochford MR, Gillette CR, Enge KM, Cueva D. 2012. Taxonomic corrections of certain verified non-indigenous reptiles from Florida reported by Krysko et al. (2011). Zootaxa 3199:66-68.

Fujisaki I, Mazzotti FJ, Hart KM, Rice KG, Ogurcak D, Rochford MR, Jeffery BM, Brandt LA, Cherkiss MS. 2012. Use of alligator hole abundance and occupancy rate as indicators for restoration of a human-altered wetland. Ecological Indicators 23:627-633.

Rochford MR, Krysko KL, Wray KP. 2011. The marbled treefrog (Dendropsophus marmoratus [Laurenti 1768]) (Hylidae), another introduced amphibian species in Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphbians 18(4):248.

Krysko KL, Burgess J, Rochford MR, Enge KM, Somma LA, Nielson SV, Gillette C. 2011. Verified nonindigenous amphibians and reptiles in Florida from 1863 through 2010: outlining the invasion process and identifying invasion pathways and stages. Zootaxa 3028:1-64.

Dove C, Snow RW, Rochford MR, Mazzotti FJ. 2011. Birds preyed upon by the introduced Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus), in Everglades National Park, FL. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(1):126-131.

Mazzotti FJ, Cherkiss MS, Hart KM, Snow S, Rochford MR, Dorcas ME, Reed R. 2010. Cold-induced mortality of invasive Burmese pythons in South Florida. Biological Invasions.

Rochford MR, Brien ML, Carrigan J, Snow RW, Mazzotti FJ. 2010. Python molurus bivittatus (Burmese python), clutch size. Herpetological Review 41(1):97.

Rochford MR, Krysko KL, Nifong J, Wilkins L, Snow RW, Cherkiss MS. 2010. Python molurus bivittatus (Burmese python): Diet. Herpetological Review 41.

Rochford MR, Hines K, Mazzotti FL. 2010. Tantilla oolitica (Rim Rock Crowned Snake): Behavior. Herpetological Review 41.

Beauchamp JS, Cherkiss MS, Rochford MR, Mazzotti FJ. 2009. A recent capture of a large American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 37(4):149-150.

Fujisaki I, Hart K, Mazzotti FJ, Rice KG, Snow S, Rochford M. 2009. Risk assessment of potential invasiveness of exotic reptiles imported to south Florida. Biological Invasions 12:2585-2596.

Harvey RG, Brien ML, Cherkiss MS, Dorcas M, Rochford M, Snow RW, Mazzotti FJ. 2008. Burmese pythons in South Florida: scientific support for invasive species management. WEC242. Gainesville (FL): University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. 9 p. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW286