Leslie Hart

College of Charleston

Address: Dept. of Health and Human Performance, 312 Silcox Center, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.5191
E-mail: hartlb@cofc.edu
Personal Website: http://hhp.cofc.edu/faculty-staff-listing/hart-leslie.php


Ph.D., 2011, Epidemiology, Medical University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • Evaluating exposure to and potential effects of environmental hazards among wildlife and coastal human populations
  • Development of technological tools to evaluate wildlife health effects resulting from exposure to environmental hazards
  • Development of biomarker reference intervals for clinical screening of health abnormalities
  • http://hhp.cofc.edu/faculty-staff-listing/hart-leslie.php

Current and planned research projects 

  • Estimating plastic exposure in marine mammals
  • Development of mobile applications to assess wildlife health parameters


  • O’Hara, T.M. and L.B. Hart.  (In Press) Environmental Toxicology.  In: CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, 3rd Edition.  Eds. F.M.D. Gulland and L. Dierauf.
  • Hart, L.B., *Wischusen, K., and R.S. Wells.  2017.  Rapid assessment of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) body condition: There’s an App for That.  Aquatic Mammals. 43(6): 635-643. DOI: 10.1578/AM.43.6.2017.635
  • Vogler, J., Hart, L., Holmes, S., Sciaretta, J., and J.M. Davis.  2018.  Rapid source control laparotomy: is there a mortality benefit in septic shock? Surgical Infections. 19(2): 225-229. https://doi.org/10.1089/sur.2017.191
  • Vogler, J., Bagwell, L., Hart, L., Holmes, S., Sciaretta, J., and J.M. Davis.  2017.  Rapid source control laparotomy: is there a mortality benefit? Surgical Infections. 18(7): 787-792.  https://doi.org/10.1089/sur.2017.071
  • De Guise, S., Levin, M., Gebhard, E., Jasperse, L., Hart, L.B., Smith, C.R., Venn-Watson, S., Townsend, F., Wells, R., Balmer, B., Zolman, E., Rowles, T., and L. Schwacke.  2017.  Changes in immune functions in bottlenose dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Endangered Species Research. 33: 291-303.
  • Fauquier, D.A., Litz, J., Sanchez, S., Colegrove, K., Schwacke, L.H., Hart, L., Saliki, J., Smith, C., Goldstein, T., Bowen-Stevens, S., McFee, W., Fougeres, E., Mase-Guthrie, B., Stratton, E., Ewing, R., Venn-Watson, S., Carmichael, R.H., Clemons-Chevis, C., Hatchett, W., Shannon, D., Shippee, S., Smith, S., Staggs, L., Tumlin, M.C., Wingers, N.L., and T.K. Rowles.  2017. Evaluation of morbillivirus exposure in cetaceans from the northern Gulf of Mexico 2010-2014. Endangered Species Research. 33: 211-220.
  • Smith, C.R., Rowles, T.K., Hart, L.B., Townsend, F.I., Wells, R.S., Zolman, E.S., Balmer, B.C., Quigley, B., Ivancic, M., McKercher, W., Tumlin, M.C., Mullin, K.D., Adams, J.D., Wu, Q., McFee, W., Collier, T.K., and L.H. Schwacke.  2017. Slow recovery of Barataria Bay dolphin health following Deepwater Horizon oil spill (2013-2014), with evidence of persistent lung disease and impaired stress response.  Endangered Species Research. 33: 127-142.
  • Hart, L.B., Wells, R.S., Kellar, N., Balmer, B.C., Hohn, A., Rowles, T., Zolman, E.S., and L.H. Schwacke.  2015. Adrenal hormones in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): influential factors and reference intervals. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0127432. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127432  (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0127432).
  • Bessesen, B.L., Oviedo, L., Hart, L.B., Herra-Miranda, D., Pacheco-Polanco, J.D., Baker, L., Saborio-R, G., Burmudez-Villapol, L., and A. Acevedo-Gutierrez.  2014.  Lacaziosis-like disease among bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus photographed in Gulfo Dulce, Costa Rica.  Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.  107: 173-180. (http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/dao/v107/n3/p173-180/).
  • Schwacke, L.H., Smith, C.R., Townsend, F.I., Wells, R.S., Hart, L.B., Balmer, B.C., De Guise, S., Fry, M.M., Guillette, L.J., Lamb, S.V., Lane, S.M., McFee, W.E., Place, N.J., Tumlin, M.C., Zolman, E.S., and T.K. Rowles.  2013.  Health of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Environmental Science and Technology.  48(1): 93-103. (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es403610f).
  • Hart, L.B., Wells, R.S., and L.H. Schwacke.  2013.  Reference ranges for body condition in wild bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatusAquatic Biology.  18: 63-68. (http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/ab/v18/n1/p63-68/).
  • Burdett Hart, L., Rotstein, D.S., Wells, R.S., Allen, J., Barleycorn, A., Balmer, B.C., Lane, S.M., Speakman, T.S., Zolman, E.S., Stolen, M., McFee, W., Goldstein, T., Rowles, T.K., and L.H. Schwacke.  2012.  Skin Lesions on Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Three Sites in the Northwest Atlantic, USA.  PLoS One. 7(3): e33081. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033081.  (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0033081).
  • Burdett Hart, L., Rotstein, D.S., Wells, R.S., Bassos-Hull, K., and L.H. Schwacke.  2011. Lacaziosis and Lacaziosis-like Prevalence among Wild, Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the West Coast of Florida, USA.  Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.  95: 49-56. (http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/dao/v95/n1/p49-56/).
  • Burdett Hart, L., Wells, R.S., Adams, J.D., Rotstein, D.S., and L.H. Schwacke.  2010.  Modeling and Quantifying Lacaziosis (Lacazia loboi) Progression on a Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) using Long-Term Photographic Records.  Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 99: 105-112. (http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/dao/v90/n2/p105-112/).
  • Burdett, L.G. and C.A. Osborne.  2010.  Enterolith with a Stingray Spine Nidus in an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Vol. 46(1): 311-315. (http://www.jwildlifedis.org/doi/abs/10.7589/0090-3558-46.1.311?=).
  • Rotstein, D.S., Burdett, L.G., McLellan, W., Schwacke, L., Rowles, T., Terio, K.A., Schultz, S., and A. Pabst.  2009.  Lobomycosis in Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), North Carolina.  Emerging Infectious Diseases.  15(4): 588- 590. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671444/).
  • Burdett, L.G., Adams, J.D., and W.E. McFee.  2007.  The use of geographic information systems as a forensic tool to investigate sources of marine mammal entanglement in fisheries.  Journal of Forensic Sciences.  52(4): 904-908. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2007.00466.x/abstract).
  • Burdett, L. and W. McFee. 2004.  Bycatch of bottlenose dolphins in South Carolina, USA, and an evaluation of the Atlantic blue crab fishery categorisation.  Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.  6(3): 231-240. (https://iwc.int/jcrm).