Dr. Richard Bartleson

Research Scientist

  • B.A. in Biology from the University of South Florida
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences ,University of Florida
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Studies,University of Maryland, College Park

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Richard Bartleson CV

Previous positions: Mote Marine Lab, Florida DEP, Rookery Bay Marine Lab (Conservancy of SW Florida), University of Florida, University of Maryland, and South Florida Water Management District.

SCCF research and monitoring projects: Dr. Bartleson is interested in the effects of light, temperature and salinity on tape grass growth, seagrass and tape grass monitoring, weekly Caloosahatchee monitoring for USACOE Periodic Scientist’s call, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge monitoring, the effects of nutrient loading on red tide dynamics and brevetoxin contamination of seagrass beds,and man-made toxin concentrations in fish of Sanibel and the Caloosahatchee River. He has written proposals for seagrass monitoring, hypoxia monitoring, brevetoxin monitoring, biological nutrient removal. His work in graduate school involved seagrasses (effects of flow and nutrients), ecosystem dynamics and modeling. His post Doctoral projects were microcosm research on the effects of submersed plants on nutrients, constructing a simulation model of submersed plants on nutrients for a lake Okeechobee coupled ecosystem-hydrodynamic model.

Other research interests: Ecosystem role of seagrass beds, seagrass effects on water quality, sedimentation and nutrient cycling, sediment and water column effects on seagrass growth, correlation of seagrass bed size with ecosystem effects, effects of seagrass beds on water flow, enhancing nutrient removal ability of submersed plant beds.


Selected papers in preparation or in review:

Bartleson RD and Rodusky AJ. Large, submersed plant beds can reduce transport in a shallow lake.

Bartleson RD, Havens, KE, and Sharfstein B. Submersed plant effects on water quality and sediment phosphorus in Lake Okeechobee mesocosms.

Bartleson RD, Hunt M, Berris E, Doering P Growth and photosynthesis of Caloosahatchee tape grass: effects of light, temperature and salinity. (in review)

Bartleson RD, EC Milbrandt and MA Thompson. Temporal changes in tape grass in the Caloosahatchee Estuary from 1993 to 2014.

Bartleson RD, Moore KA, Goodman P. Detecting changes in Caloosahatchee Estuary seagrass communities in response to restoration efforts.

Bartleson RD & Milbrandt EC. Effects of hurricane related Lake Okeechobee discharges and watershed runoff on seagrass and algae in the Caloosahatchee Estuary and Gulf of Mexico in 2006.

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