Gopher Tortoises

A young gopher tortoise is a little camera-shy on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. (courtesy Edie J. Banner)
Gopher Tortoises

A researcher and students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee don’t have to go far to observe gopher tortoises in the wild – they walk out the front door and visit the animals right on campus! The group is mapping tortoise burrows, identifying the plants they eat and trying to determine whether the species is thriving or needs help. We’ll visit the campus wildlife on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

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Dr. Edie J. Banner
Instructor, Organic Chemistry

WUSF News story on gopher tortoise research

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Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Wednesday after the 7:45 AM newscast | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Wednesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM

Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017. In addition to serving as a producer, reporter, host and assistant news director, he serves as Intern Coordinator for WUSF News. Mark has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992. He graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Telecommunications/Radio in 1994.

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