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Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Staff members
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 Invertebrate Zoology 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
As SCCF marine lab Director Eric ...
As SCCF marine lab Director Eric Milbrandt puts it: "They come and do their work in our backyard and WE learn a lot about it."
also points out that having good, steady housing enables researchers to come back from year to year in order to create longitudinal studies which provide a better idea of our eco-system's health.
"We are working on three places ...
"We are working on three places to rebuild the oyster reefs, and they are located in Tarpon Bay, San Carlos Bay and the third at the southern part of Matlachay Pass," said SCCF Marine Laboratory Director Eric Milbrandt.
"In this area, 90 to 95 percent of the oyster population was destroyed by either poor water quality or by road construction," Milbrandt
"They can filter up to 20 to 25 gallons of water per day and they also help stabilize the bottom of the bays."
received a large delivery of fossilized shells, which is piled up near the Sanibel Dock park.
For the last several months, SCCF volunteers and staff have been loading up the shells in five-gallon buckets and transferring them to a barge located near one of the three sites.
"Each bucket contains about 30 to 35 pounds of shells and barge loads hold about 100 to 130 buckets," Milbrandt
"So far in one week, we move 20 cubic yards of shells.
We average 10 barge loads per week and anywhere from three to four trips per day when we get enough volunteers."
The goal at each of the three sites is to cover six inches to a foot of the fill and work will be done up to the end of the year, even into 2016 if need be.
had to go through a long and strenuous permit process to gain access to the sites, which included working on reefs with a low amount of sawtooth fish, which are endangered in the area.
Each area also have relic reefs, or reefs which are currently dead.
successfully rebuilt oyster reefs in the Clam Bayou area on Sanibel in 2009-10 and after the second year after the work was done, there were self-populating oyster populations.
"We don't really know the size and the extent of the oyster reefs in the area, because they have never been mapped out," Milbrandt
"Our current projects only cover two acres, compared to the thousands of acres which is in the Pine Island Sound."
A healthy oyster reef will have around 1,000 to 1,500 oyster per square meter, but in a nearly dead reef, only 50 oysters are found per square meter.
"The peek settlement period is September through November," Milbrandt
"The more volunteers we have, the more we are able to get done," Milbrandt
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Please send: 1) a cover letter; 2) resume/CV with a summary of relevant coursework; 3) transcripts (unofficial are acceptable); 4) contact information for two references whom we may contact to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or to: Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director, SCCF Marine Lab, 900A Tarpon Bay Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957.
For Eric Milbrandt, director ...
For Eric Milbrandt, director of the Marine Lab at the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, what you can do is begin asking questions.
Jennifer Hecker, Eric Milbrandt and the hydrologist Greg Rawl all suggest getting ahead of the problem before it gets into the water, if possible.