College of Natural and Applied Sciences
Dan Abel
Associate Professor

Department(s): Marine Science
Degree(s): Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Ph.D. 1986
Office: CSCC 151 H
Phone: 843-349-2257
Professional Experience:

  • 1994 - Sr. Instructor/Lecturer
    Department of Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University - Conway, SC

  • 1988 - 1993 Assistant Professor
    Department of Biological Sciences, Mary Washington College Fredericksburg, VA

  • 1985 - 1986 Teaching Associate
    Biology Department, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

  • Research Interests:

    Recent surveys of sharks along the southeast coast have shown declines in several species, e.g. sandbar and dusky sharks. These and other sharks inhabit coastal waters and/or estuaries, and may use the latter as nurseries. We are undertaking a long-term long-line study: to survey the sharks of Winyah Bay, North Inlet, and nearby waters; to determine which sharks use the Bay as a nursery; and to understand habitat selection by selected species in the Bay.

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    Abel, D.C., R.F. Young, J. A. Garwood, M. Travaline, and B.K. Yednock . (in review) . Observations on the importance of salinity structure to shark populations and nurseries in two South Carolina estuaries. Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc.

    Abel, D.C., and R.L. McConnell. 2002. Environmental Issues in Oceanography. Prentice Hall.(second edition).

    McConnell, R. L. and D.C. Abel. 2002. Environmental Issues: Measuring, Analyzing, and Evaluating. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J. (Selected as "Earthworks Environmental Science 'Book of the Month' April, 1998;" Second edition)

    Garwood, J.A., M. Travaline, B. Yednock, and D.C. Abel. 2004. Differences in the shark population of Winyah Bay, South Carolina, in drought and wet years. To be presented at the 2004 annual meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, May 27 – 31. 2004, Norman, OK.

    Prosser, C. and D.C. Abel. 2004. A Longline Assessment of Shark Nursery Grounds in Two South Carolina Estuaries. To be presented at the 2004 annual meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, May 27 – 31. 2004, Norman, OK.

    Abel, D.C., Jason A. Garwood, and Mario J. Travaline. 2002. Sharks, Half-Sharks, and Pups: A Preliminary Survey of the Sharks of Winyah Bay, S.C. and Delineation of Nursery Grounds. Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Meeting, October 17 – 19, 2002, Conway, SC.

    Abel, D.C. and R.L. McConnell. 2001. Understanding Marine Environmental Issues Using Critical Thinking, Simple Math, and the Metric System. Presented at the 2001 National Marine Educators Conference, Victoria, Canada
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Dan Abel
Associate Professor - Marine Science
** CMWS-700 Graduate Research :TBA-TBA

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