Faculty & Staff


Paul Bartelt, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Phone: (641) 585-8236
Fax: (641) 585-8194
Email: barteltp@waldorf.edu


Ph.D. (2000) Idaho State University; Biology; specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology

M.A. (1977) University of South Dakota; Biology; specialization in Ecology

B.S. (1974) Iowa State University; Fisheries & Wildlife Biology

Paul Bartelt is an associate professor of biology at Waldorf College, an institution he has served since 1981. Dr. Bartelt's primary research interest focuses on the ecology of amphibians, especially their habitat relationships. From 2002 - 2005, Dr. Bartelt worked at EROS, a remote-sensing and research facility of the U.S. Geological Survey near Sioux Falls, SD, where he developed predictive, geospatial models of amphibian habitats in and around Yellowstone National Park. Currently, Dr. Bartelt is part of research teams that are modeling the physiology, habitats, movement corridors, and gene flow of amphibians on central Idaho and northern Iowa landscapes. The results of this research will promote amphibian conservation by giving a better understanding of amphibian ecology and helping land managers better accommodate amphibians.

Dr. Bartelt is also keenly interested in improving the public understanding of science. While he does this every day for his students, he has also served on state-wide committees to promote public understanding of science in Iowa.

Dr. Bartelt is an associate editor for the Journal of Herpetology and Past-President of the Iowa Academy of Science, where he also chaired the Academy’s Conservation Section and Societal Issues Committee. He is a technical advisor to state agencies for conserving and managing amphibian populations and serves as Secretary for the Spatial Ecology & Telemetry Working Group of The Wildlife Society, in addition to serving on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Board for North-central Iowa.

Dr. Bartelt was raised on a central Iowa family farm, received his B.S. from Iowa State University, his M.A. from the University of South Dakota, and his Ph.D. from Idaho State University. He has worked as a research associate with the National Academy of Science, a visiting scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center, and is a fellow with the Iowa Academy of Science.

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