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.

Select Publications

Edwards, J.R., J. Ketterlin-Eckles, M.R. Rochford, R. Irwin, K.L. Krysko, J.G. Duquesnel, F.J. Mazzotti, and R.N. Reed. 2017. The Gold Tegu, Tupinambis teguixin (Linnaeus, 1758) sensu lato (Squamata: Teiidae): evidence for an established population in Florida. BioInvasions Records 6(4):407-410. Full PDF

Mazzotti, F.J., M. Rochford, J. Vinci, B.M. Jeffery, and J.K. Eckles. 2016. Implications of the 2013 Python ChallengeTM for ecology and management of the Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus) in Florida. Southeastern Naturalist 15(Sp8):63-74. Full PDF

Mazzotti, F.J., M.S. Cherkiss, J.S. Beauchamp, M.R. Rochford, B.J. Smith, K.M. Hart, and L.A. Brandt. 2016. Large reptiles and cold temperatures: Do extreme cold spells set distributional limits for reptiles in Florida? Ecosphere 7(8):1-9. Full PDF

Smith, B.J., M.S. Cherkiss, K.M. Hart, M.R. Rochford, T.H. Selby, R.W. Snow, and F.J. Mazzotti. 2016. Betrayal: Radio-tagged Burmese Pythons reveal locations of conspecifics in Everglades National Park. Biological Invasions 18(11):3239-3250. Full PDF

Rochford, M.R., K.L. Krysko, F.J. Mazzotti, M.H. Shirley, M.W. Parry, J.A. Wasilewski, J.S. Beauchamp, C.R. Gillette, E.F. Metzger III, M.A. Squires, and L.A. Somma. 2016. Molecular analyses confirming the introduction of Nile Crocodiles, Crocodylus niloticus Laurenti 1768 (Crocodylidae), in southern Florida, with an assessment of potential for establishment, spread and impacts. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 11(1):80–89. Full PDF

Krysko, K.L., L.A. Somma, D.C. Smith, C.R. Gillette, D. Cueva, J.A. Wasilewski, K.M. Enge, S.A. Johnson, T.S. Campbell, J.R. Edwards, M.R. Rochford, R. Tompkins, J.L. Fobb, S. Mullin, C.J. Lechowicz, D. Hazelton, and A. Warren. 2016. New verified nonindigenous amphibians and reptiles in Florida through 2015, with a summary of over 152 years of introductions. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 23(2):110-143. Full PDF

Rochford, M.R., J.M. Lemm, K.L. Krysko, L.A. Somma, R.W. Hansen, and F.J. Mazzotti. 2015. Spreading holiday spirit and Northwestern Salamanders, Ambystoma gracile (Baird 1859) (Caudata: Ambystomatidae), Across the USA. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 22(3):126–127. Full PDF

Mazzotti, F.J., M. McEachern, M. Rochford, R.N. Reed, J. Ketterlin Eckles, J. Vinci, J. Edwards, and J. Wasilewski. 2014. Tupinambis merianae as nest predators of crocodilians and turtles in Florida, USA. Biological Invasions 17(1):47–50. Full PDF

Rochford, M.R., J.R. Edwards, P.L. Howell, J. Ketterlin Eckles, L.A. Barraco, L.L. Connor, M.J. Curtis, K.L. Krysko, and F.J. Mazzotti. 2013. The Panther Chameleon, Furcifer pardalis (Cuvier 1829) (Chamaeleonidae), Another Introduced Chameleon Species in Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 20(4):205–207. Full PDF

Dorcas, M.E., J.D. Willson, R.N. Reed, R.W. Snow, M.R. Rochford, M.A. Miller, W.E. Meshaka, Jr., P.T. Andreadis, F.J. Mazzotti, C.M. Romagosa and K.M. Hart. 2012. Severe mammal declines coincide with proliferation of invasive Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109(7):2418–2422. Full PDF

Krysko, K.L., J.P. Burgess, M.R. Rochford, C.R. Gillette, D. Cueva, K.M. Enge, L.A. Somma, J.L. Stabile, D.C. Smith, J.A. Wasilewski, G.N. Kieckhefer III, M.C. Granatosky, and S.V. Nielsen. 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. Full PDF

Dove, C., R.W. Snow, M.R. Rochford, and F.J. Mazzotti. 2011. Birds consumed by the invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus), in Everglades National Park, FL. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(1):126–131. Full PDF

Mazzotti, F.J., M.S. Cherkiss, K.M. Hart, S. Snow, M.R. Rochford, M.E. Dorcas and R. Reed. 2010. Cold-induced mortality of invasive Burmese pythons in South Florida. Biological Invasions 12:2585–2596. Full PDF

Beauchamp, J.S., M.S. Cherkiss, M.R. Rochford, and F.J. Mazzotti. 2010. A recent capture of a large American crocodile in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 37(4):149–150. Full PDF