Dale M Robertson


Dale Robertson is a Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin Water Science Center in Middleton, Wisconsin. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Michigan Technological University, and University of Toledo, and a Honorary Fellow with the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His current research with the USGS deals with modeling eutrophication and mixing in lakes, estimating loads and concentrations of nutrients and sediment in streams over large geographic areas, such as the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins, developing nutrient criteria for streams and rivers, and examining the effects of climate change on the physical dynamics, ice cover, and productivity of lakes.



B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics - St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, 1976-1981.

M.S. in Oceanography and Limnology - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin.  Thesis: "Interbasin Separation and Its Impact on the Annual Heat Budgets of the Individual Basins in Trout Lake, Wisconsin," 1981-1984.

Ph.D. in Oceanography and Limnology - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin. Dissertation: "The Use of Lake Water Temperature and Ice Cover as Climatic Indicators", 1984-1989.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, in Reservoir Modeling - Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia, Perth. 1989-1991.



  • Biogeochemistry - Hydrology/Limnology
  • Eutrophication - Nutrient Transport and Fate
  • Limnology
  • Water-quality modeling in Lakes
  • Watershed modeling (SPARROW)
  • Influence of environmental factors, watershed management strategies, and in-lake management alternatives on the water quality of rivers and lakes
  • Climate Change - Ice as climatic indicators
  • Regional loading estimates