Eric Munscher

Eric Munscher
SWCA Environmental Consultants | SWCA · Natural Resources

M.S. in Biology: University of North Florida

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Introduction
Additional affiliations
March 2008 - present
SWCA Environmental Consultants
Position
  • Regional Scientist
August 2004 - December 2006
University of North Florida
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Graduate student studying predator removal efforts on a diamondback terrapin nesting beach.
March 1999 - present
Position
  • Central Florida Freshwater Turtle Reseach Study
Description
  • We have members from 14 different states.
Education
July 2009
Florida
Field of study
  • Gopher Tortoise Certification
August 2004 - May 2007
University of North Florida
Field of study
  • Herpetology
January 1999 - May 2004
Pennsylvania State University
Field of study
  • Anatomy and Behavoir

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Publications (51)
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The Peninsula Cooter (Pseudemys peninsularis) and the Florida Red-bellied Cooter (P. nelsoni) are considered common throughout much of their respective ranges. Both species occur in numerous habitats in Florida, USA, including rivers, lakes, ponds, freshwater springs, and spring runs. We sampled Peninsula Cooter and Florida Red-bellied Cooter popul...
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PSEUDEMYS TEXANA (Texas River Cooter). MAXIMUM SIZE
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Movement patterns of turtles can vary depending on natural and anthropogenic pressures and can correlate with sex, size, food availability, reproduction, territorial behaviour, seasonality, location, and habitat. We analysed the movements of Loggerhead Musk Turtles (Sternotherus minor) based on body size, sex, time between captures, and capture seg...
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Abstract. Little is known about many life history traits of the Western Alligator Snapping Turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, including the species’ ecology within urban ecosystems. Our study population inhabits waterways of Houston, Texas, the third-largest city in the United States. We conducted a telemetry study on 19.5 km of the Buffalo Bayou that...
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The loggerhead musk turtle (Sternotherus minor) and eastern musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) are widespread species considered common throughout much of their respective ranges. Florida populations of S. minor and S. odoratus inhabit a variety of habitats, including freshwater springs and spring runs. We sampled populations of S. minor and S. od...
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We conducted a survey of freshwater turtle populations in the spring-fed Ichetucknee River in northern Florida to assess temporal variation in assemblage structure. Following the same protocols as an initial 2007 survey, we hand-captured turtles while snorkeling in 2014 and found changes in species composition, abundance of 3 species, and demograph...
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Comal Springs in New Braunfels, Texas, is the largest freshwater spring west of the Mississippi. The spring is within the Edwards Plateau Savanna Ecoregion of the Southeastern United States Turtle Priority Area. Comal Springs is an environmentally sensitive spring run situated in an urbanized area visited by >1,000,000 people each year and thus may...
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Abstract. During a survey of turtles in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Florida, USA, in March 2015, 182 turtles representing ten species were captured, marked, and released, including the Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox), North American Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), Florida Chicken Turtle (Deirochelys reticularia chrysea), Stripe...
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Freshwater-turtle ecologists rely on effective baits to capture target species. We conducted a bait-preference study for Sternotherus odoratus (Eastern Musk Turtle) in 2 phases during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 field seasons at Comal Springs, New Braunfels, TX. During Phase 1, we compared the effectiveness of buffalo chicken to other malodourous or p...
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Since 2007 the Turtle Survival Alliance-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) has surveyed aquatic turtles in Volusia Blue Spring State Park, Orange City, Florida, USA. Here, we provide population parameters for the three most common freshwater turtle species, the Peninsula Cooter (Pseudemys peninsularis), Florida Red-bellied Coo...
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We present data on large Chelydra serpentina (Snapping Turtle) from 4 freshwater springs in Florida located in Wekiwa Springs, Volusia Blue Spring, Peacock Springs, and Manatee Springs state parks. Several of the turtles captured at Wekiwa Springs and Volusia Blue Springs are larger than the previous Florida record for this species. In the past, Sn...
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The turtle head immobilization tool (THIS) is an efficient and cost effective tool to aid in the processing of large, aggressive turtles such as the Eastern Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). THIS aids in the reduction of aggressive behaviors by calming the animal during processing and minimizing injuries to the turtle and handlers. This simple...
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The Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox (Schneider 1783) is considered common and easily visible in many freshwater habitats throughout its range. However, very little population research has been completed on the species due to difficulties associated with capture and long-term marking. We have conducted a mark–recapture study of this species...
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The genus Pseudemys represents some of the largest emydid turtles in North America. Surprisingly, many in this genus are poorly studied and despite their large size little is known about their growth. Using mark-recapture data we examined extreme growth in two Pseudemys species, Pseudemys peninsularis and P. nelsoni in a protected spring system in...
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The genus Pseudemys represents some of the largest emydid turtles in North America. Surprisingly, many in this genus are poorly studied and despite their large size little is known about their growth. Using mark-recapture data we examined extreme growth in two Pseudemys species, Pseudemys peninsularis and P. nelsoni in a protected spring system in...
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Researchers today understand the importance of incorporating undergraduate research experiences (URE) and citizen-science methods into data collection and long-term research projects. The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) is an example of a project in which both methods are implemented. The NAFTRG conducts long-term studies o...
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Raccoons (Procyon lotor) can account for > 90% of nest failures of the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) in some areas. Previous studies have demonstrated that predator removal can decrease predation of turtle nests, thus increasing nest survivorship. We removed Raccoons from an island beach used by Diamondback Terrapins for nesting in nor...

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