Coral Reef Monitoring & Assessment

Erich Bartels

Erich Bartels

Staff Scientist/Program Manager

Based at The Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in Summerland Key, Florida, Mr. Bartels has worked on projects related to coral reef research, monitoring, and restoration for the past 18 years.









Bachelor of Science in Biological Oceanography, 1994 Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida


Drury, C., Schopmeyer, S., Goergen, E., Bartels, E., Nedimyer, K., Johnson, M.,… Lirman, D. (2017). Genomic patterns in Acropora cervicornis show extensive population structure and variable genetic diversity. Ecology and Evolution. 1-13.

Schopmeyer, S.A., Lirman. D., Bartels, E., Gilliam, D.S., Goergen, E. A., Griffin, S.P….Walter, C.S. (2017). Regional restoration benchmarks for Acropora cervicornis. Coral Reefs. doi:10.1007/s00338-017-1596-3

Ladd MC, Shantz AA, Bartels E, Burkepile DE (2017) Thermal stress reveals a genotype-specific tradeoff between growth and tissue loss in restored Acropora cervicornis. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 572:129-139.

Kuffner, I.B., E. Bartels, A. Stathakopoulos, I.C. Enochs, G. Kolodziej, L.T. Toth, and D.P. Manzello (2017). Plasticity in skeletal characteristics of nursery-raised staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis. Coral Reefs.

O’Donnell, K.E., Lohr, K.E., Bartels, E., Patterson, J.T. (2017). Evaluation of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis, Lamarck 1816) production techniques in an ocean-based nursery with consideration of coral genotype. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology, 487, 53-58.

C. Drury, K. E. Dale, J. M. Panlilio, S. V. Miller, D. Lirman, E. A. Larson, E. Bartels, D. L. Crawford and M. F. Oleksiak (2016) Genomic variation among populations of threatened coral: Acropora cervicornis. BMC Genomics, 17:286.

Hill, M., C. Walter, and E. Bartels (2016) A mass bleaching event involving clionaid sponges. Coral Reefs, 35(1): 153.

Kenkel, C.D., G. Goodbody-Gringley, D. Caillaud, S.W. Davies, E. Bartels, and M.V. Matz (2013) Evidence for a host role in thermotolerance divergence between populations of the mustard hill coral (Porites astreoides) from different reef environments. Molecular Ecology, 22: 4335–4348. doi: 10.1111/mec.12391

Vaughan, D. and E. Bartels (2012). Coral Propagation can produce large numbers of coral transplants, In: Kruczynski, W.L. and P.J. Fletcher (eds.). 2012. Tropical Connections: South Florida’s marine environment. IAN Press., University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, Maryland. 492 pp.

C.V. Palmer, E.S. McGinty, D.J. Cummings, S.M. Smith, E. Bartels, and L.D. Mydlarz (2011) Patterns of coral ecological immunology: variation in the responses of Caribbean corals to elevated temperature and a pathogen elicitor. Journal of Experimental Biology 214:4240-4249

Johnson, M.E., C. Lustic, E. Bartels, I.B. Baums, D.S. Gilliam, L. Larson, D. Lirman, M.W. Miller, K. Nedimyer, and S. Schopmeyer (2011) Caribbean Acropora Restoration Guide: Best Practices for Propagation and Population Enhancement. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA.

Schopmeyer, S.A., D. Lirman, E. Bartels, J. Byrne, D.S. Gilliam, J. Hunt, M.E. Johnson, E.A. Larson, K. Maxwell, K. Nedimyer, and C. Walter (2011) In Situ Coral Nurseries Serve as Genetic Repositories for Coral Reef Restoration after an Extreme Cold-Water Event. Restoration Ecology.

Lirman, D., S. Schopmeyer, D. Manzello, L.J. Gramer, W.F. Precht, F. Muller-Karger, K. Banks, B. Barnes, E. Bartels, A. Bourque, J. Byrne, S. Donahue, J. Duquesnel, L. Fisher, D. Gilliam, J. Hendee, M. Johnson, K. Maxwell, E. McDevitt, J. Monty, D. Rueda, R. Ruzicka, and S. Thanner (2011) Severe 2010 Cold-Water Event Caused Unprecedented Mortality to Corals of the Florida Reef Tract and Reversed Previous Survivorship Patterns. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23047.

Eakin CM, Morgan JA, Heron SF, Smith TB, Liu G, et al. (2010) Caribbean Corals in Crisis: Record Thermal Stress, Bleaching, and Mortality in 2005. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13969.

Shank, G.C., R. Lee, A. Vähätalo, R.G. Zepp, and E. Bartels (2010) Production of chromophoric dissolved organic matter from mangrove leaf litter and floating Sargassum colonies. Marine Chemistry 119:172–181

Shank, G.C., R.G. Zepp, A. Vähätalo, R. Lee, and E. Bartels (2010) Photobleaching kinetics of chromophoric dissolved organic matter derived from mangrove leaf litter and floating Sargassum colonies. Marine Chemistry 119:162–171

Zepp, R.G., G.C. Shank, E. Stabenau, K.W. Patterson, M. Cyterski, W. Fisher, E. Bartels, and S. Anderson (2008) Spatial and temporal variability of solar ultraviolet exposure of coral assemblages in the Florida Keys: Importance of colored dissolved organic matter. Limnology and Oceanography. 53(5): 1909-1922.

Cervino, J.M., F.L. Thompson, B. Gomez-Gil, E.A. Lorence, T.J. Goreau, R.L. Hayes, K.B. Winiarski-Cervino, G.W. Smith, K. Hughen, and E. Bartels (2008) The Vibrio core group induces yellow band disease in Caribbean and Indo-Pacific reef-building corals. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 105(5): 1658 – 1671.

Neeley, M.B., E. Bartels, J.P. Cannizzaro, K.L. Carder, P. Coble, D. English, C. Heil, C. Hu, J. Hunt, J. Ivey, G. McRae, E. Mueller, E. Peebles, and K. Steidinger (2004). Florida’s black water event, In: Harmful Algae 2002, Steidinger et al., eds., Proceedings of the Xth International Conference on Harmful Algae, Florida Marine Research Institute, Florida Institute of Oceanography, UNESCO, St. Petersburg, FL, pp. 377-379.

Stabenau, E., R.G. Zepp, E. Bartels, and R.G. Zika (2004) Role of seagrass (Thalassia testudinum) as a source of chromophoric dissolved organic matter in coastal south Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 282:59-72.

Hu, C., F.E. Muller Karger, Z. Lee, K.L. Carder, B. Roberts, J.J. Walsh, C. Heil, P.G. Coble, K. Steidinger, G. McRae, R.H. Weisberg, R. He, E. Johns, T. Lee, B. Keller, N. Kuring, J. Cannizzaro, J. Ivey, G.A. Vargo, R.G. Zepp, J. Boyer, R. Jones, G. Kirkpatrick, R.P. Stumpf, E. Bartels, E. Mueller, R. Pierce, J. Culter and J. Hunt (2002) Satellite images track 'black water' event off Florida coast. EOS. 83(26):281 285.

Anderson, T.W., C.T. Bartels, M.A. Hixon, E. Bartels, M.H. Carr, and J.M. Shenker (2002) Current velocity and catch efficiency in sampling settlement stage larvae of coral reef fishes. Fisheries Bulletin. 100(3):404 413.