Technical Assistance for Modeling, Indicator Species Research, and Monitoring for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

Protection of biological diversity has been identified at the global, national, state, and local level as a critical component of protecting native ecosystems (Noss and Cooperrider 1994). Major goals of the South Florida Everglades Restoration Initiative are to restore and maintain native biological diversity of South Florida, and to recover threatened and endangered species. Effective protection of an area's ecological integrity involves having the ability to measure and define ecological integrity, and to evaluate and monitor effects of restoration. Objectives of this project are to provide a scientifically based assessment of the effects of Everglades restoration alternatives on modeling initiatives in Southwest Florida, as well as the effects of Everglades restoration on indicator species and communities such as amphibians and alligators.


Green tree frog

Related Publications


Amphibian Communities as Indicators of Restoration Success in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Use of Amphibian Communities as Indicators of Restoration Success in the Everglades

Status of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Southern Florida and Their Roles in Measuring Restoration Success in the Everglades

Science in the Everglades: The Interface between Scientists and Managers

Herpetofaunal Surveys of Biscayne National Park


2006 Crocodilian Assessment Report (In Review as of July 2008) (PDF)

Journal Articles

Mazzotti, F.J. and L.A. Brandt. Ecology of the American Alligator in a Seasonally Fluctuating Environment. Pp. 485-505. In - Everglades: The Ecosystem and its Restoration, edited by S. Davis and J. Ogden, 1994, 848pp. St. Lucis Press, Delray Beach, FL

Campbell, M.R. and F.J. Mazzotti. 2001. Mapping Everglades Alligator Holes Using Color Infrafred Aerial Photography. Florida Scientist 64(2):148-158.

Ugarte, C.A., K.G. Rice and M.A. Donnelly. 2005. Variation of total mercury concentrations in pig frogs (Rana grylio) across the Florida Everglades, USA. Science of the Total Environment 345:51-59.

(PDF version of articles available for download with permission from their respective journals.)

EDIS Publications

Use of Amphibians as Indicators of Ecosystem Restoration Success, Circular 1484/UW233

Uso de Anfibios como Indicadores del Exito de la Restauracion de Ecosistemas, UW236

Why Do We Need Environmental Monitoring for Everglades Restoration?, WEC241/UW283