Dr. Eric Milbrandt is Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Marine Laboratory. He serves as an editor of manuscripts for Estuaries and Coasts, Limnology and Oceanography, Botanica Marina, the Journal of Wetland Ecology and Management, and Hydrobiologia. Dr. Milbrandt is also a Graduate Faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast University and an affiliate member of the Coastal Watershed Institute. He received his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Oregon and his B.S. in biology at Humboldt State University.
At SCCF, Dr. Milbrandt established RECON (River Estuary Coastal Observing Network) which provides real-time water quality data to scientists, stakeholders, and educators. RECON helps SCCF in the policy arena and helps support the collaborative meetings and influences of the Southwest Florida Stakeholders and weekly consultations with the Corps and the South Florida Water Management District. Dr. Milbrandt has established several permanent mangrove forest plots to study the effects of human activities on mangrove reproduction, recruitment, and forest structure. He has published numerous journal articles on the recovery of mangroves after hurricane disturbance and the effect of sea level rise on black mangrove recruitment. He also has led several grant-supported efforts to restore the tidal hydrology to Clam Bayou, then to enhance and restore mangrove shorelines.