Phylogeography of Florida mice (Podomys floridanus)
The Florida mouse truly epitomizes Florida terrestrial fauna. It is found only in peninsular Florida, is the only member of its genus, and has strong ecological associations with increasingly rare and ecologically important habitats. A xeric (dry) habitat obligate, the Florida mouse is commonly associated with gopher tortoise burrows, within which it commonly resides resides where populations persist.
Our research on Florida mice is focused around a comprehensive, range-wide assessment of genetic diversity and lineage structuring. We are addressing questions about range limits, centers of diversity and the evolutionary distinctiveness (and thus conservation "value") of peripheral populations.