Bartol received her doctoral degree from Virginia Institute of Marine Science, just up the road from VWC in Gloucester Point, Va. She has taught courses at UCLA and worked on postdoctoral research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass. Bartol's research has focused on sensory physiology of sea turtles and marine fishes. "I have always been fascinated with how marine organisms sense their surrounding environments and how they then use this information to make choices," she says. "I especially enjoy working with sea turtles, knowing that my research could be valuable in the conservation of an endangered species. I look forward to bringing my passion for marine biology to the students."
Gordon, M.S. and S. M. Bartol, eds. 2004. Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology. University of California Press, Berkley.
Bartol, S.M., R.L Mellgren and J.A. Musick. 2003. Visual Acuity of Juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta): A Behavioral Approach. International Journal of Comparative Psychology 16:143-155.
Bartol, S.M., J.A. Musick and A.L. Ochs. 2002. Visual Acuity Thresholds of Juvenile Loggerhead Sea turtles (Caretta caretta): An Electrophysiological Approach. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology 187:953-960.