Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director
Dr. Eric Milbrandt
Eric Milbrandt CV
Dr. Eric Milbrandt began his career in marine science in N. California at Humboldt State University.
first course in InvertebrateZoology at the Telonicher Marine Laboratory
in Trinidad helped to inspire a career in marine science.
Because of the positive experiences and valuable tools both in the lab and in the field, Dr. Milbrandt decided to pursue a graduate degree in marine science.
He was accepted at the University of Oregon to study at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, OR. During his Ph.D., Eric received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to study the microbial ecology of the South Slough Estuary.
While writing his
was offered the position of Research Scientist at SCCF
returned to OIMB
to defend in the spring of 2003 and has been contributing to the SCCF
transition to Florida, Dr. Milbrandt
established several permanent mangrove forest plots to study the effects of human activities on mangrove reproduction, recruitment and forest structure.
has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on the recovery of mangroves after hurricane disturbance and the effect of sea level rise on black mangrove recruitment.
has also led several grant-supported efforts to restore the tidal hydrology to Clam Bayou, then to enhance and restore mangrove shorelines.
At SCCF, Dr. Milbrandt
has been instrumental in the establishment of RECON
(River Estuary Coastal Observing Network) which is providing Real-time information to advance SCCF policies.
This tool introduces the Marine Laboratory
to difficult socio-economic challenges in the policy arena and helps support the collaborative meetings and influences of the Southwest Florida Stakeholders.
also enhances research at the lab including in numerous water quality studies around Sanibel and Captiva Islands and in cooperation with the USFWS
in J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
In 2011, Dr. Milbrandt was named the third SCCF Marine Laboratory Director.
He serves as a reviewer of manuscripts for Estuaries and Coasts, Limnology and Oceanography, Botanica Marina, the Journal of Wetland Ecology and Management, and Hydrobiologia.
is a Graduate Faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University
and an affiliate member of the Coastal Watershed Institute