Dr. Bartleson is originally from Chicago. He graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a Geology Bachelor’s Degree, from the University of Illinois with a Geology Master’s Degree, and from University of Colorado in 1965 with a Geology PhD. He worked as an exploration petroleum geologist in Texas and Wyoming for 4 years and consulted for numerous private and government entities. His experience includes work in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. He has been involved in such diverse projects as environmental studies for site development, gold exploration, uranium exploration, oil and gas exploration, field mapping, evaluating the mineral potential of the West Elk Wilderness of Colorado, and also served on the advisory board to the Colorado Geologic Survey. He has published numerous papers in professional journals and made oral presentations at regional and national geological conventions. He has led numerous geological field trips for students, Elderhostel, and private tour company clients mostly in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the Canadian Rockies.
Bruce spent the majority of his career from 1965 to 1998 as a Professor of Geology at Western State Colorado University, while doing considerable summer consulting for various entities. While at WSCU, he was named Outstanding Professor of the Year, was graduation speaker selected by the students, and was honored as Outstanding Emeritus Professor of the Year in 1998. Since retirement, Bruce has kept very busy as the President of the Gunnison County Library Board, Vice President of the Western State Alumni Board, by researching and writing about local weather history, and writing a Newsletter for the Western State Geology Department as well as keeping in touch with his former students.
He has continued to be an educator by giving numerous geological tours and talks and was recently named as “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce in 2012. In his spare time, he still enjoys hiking in the local mountains, fly fishing, mountain biking, skiing, travelling (especially Hawaii and Switzerland), and driving his wife crazy!