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Department of Marine Science
Coastal Carolina University
PO Box 261954
Conway, SC 29523

Coastal Science Center
in the Atlantic Center
301 Allied Drive,
Conway, SC 29526
(refer to the Campus Map).

Contact Susan Soucy at soucy@coastal.edu
or call

843-349-2219 (phone)
843-349-2545 (fax)


Marine Geology Research

  • Coastal processes, beach erosion, and shoreline migration (Dr. Gayes, Dr. Viso, Dr. Wright)
  • Geologic development and sedimentology of coastal, shelf, and wetland environments (Dr. Gayes, Dr. Hill, Dr. Viso, Dr. Wright)
  • Landscape evolution (Dr. Hill, Dr.Wright )




  • Dr. Paul Gayes (Palmetto Professor of Marine Science and Geology) is a coastal oceanographer active in studies of the evolution of coastal systems on a range of time and spatial scales. He is Director of Coastal Carolina’s Center for Marine and Wetland Studies. He is currently involved in numerous framework geologic studies, investigations of the behavior and impacts of nourished beaches, study of nearshore hardbottom habitats and inner shelf resources and relative sea level change. Present study areas include the beaches and inner shelf along the east coast.


  • Dr. Jenna Hill (Assistant Professor) is a marine and coastal geologist with interests in fluvial, coastal and continental shelf morphology, sedimentation, and stratigraphy. Her research focuses on the influences of climate, sea level and tectonics on landscape evolution.


  • Dr. Rich Viso (Instructor, Assistant Director of CMWS) is a marine geologist with interests in seafloor morphology and submarine groundwater discharge.  His research typically involves use of geophysical tools to interrogate the seafloor and sub-bottom.  Examples include multibeam studies of coastal marine environments and studies of the electrical structures of coastal sediments to determine groundwater flow paths.


  • Dr. Eric Wright (Associate Professor) is a marine and coastal geologist. His research interests focus on the geologic development and sedimentology of coastal, shelf and wetland environments.