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Paul Gayes

Director, School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science and Professor

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BCMW 105

Office Hours: By appointment
Research Interests:

Coastal Process / Response; Relative Sea Level, Storm Impacts
Geologic Framework of Coastal Systems
Marine Renewable Energy

Courses Taught:

CMSS 608 Coastal / Marine System Science, Issues and Applications
CMSS 609 Coastal / Marine System Science Seminar
MSCI 545 Coastal Processes
MSCI 495 Marine Environmental Issues

Boards & Panels:

South Carolina Regulatory Task Force on Clean Energy 2009-2010
South Carolina Governors Advisory Committee on Climate, Energy and Commerce (2007-2009)
South Carolina Ocean Planning Committee (2007-2012)
South Carolina Shoreline Change Advisory Committee (DHEC-OCRM) (2007-2010)
Program Advisory Board-South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (2005-present)
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium PAB Finance Committee (2007-present)
Gray Reef National Marine Sanctuary Research Advisory Board (2006-present)
South Carolina Task Force for Inner Continental Shelf Sand Resources and Critical Habitats Mineral Management Service-INTERMAR 1994-2004)
International Geologic Correlation Programme (UNESCO) Project 367, Member of the American Working Group International Project Secretary (1993-1997)
International Geologic Correlation Programme (UNESCO) Project 274, Member of the American Working Group (1988 1992)

Recent Publications:


Yan, T., S. Bao, L. J. Pietrafesa and P. T. Gayes, 2014: Modal Inter-Comparisons between North Atlantic Accumulated Cyclone Energy and the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation, and the Pathology of the 2013 Hurricane Season. Special Issue: Weather Forecasting, Nature Science (in print)


Pietrafesa, Leonard J., David A. Dickey, Paul T. Gayes, Tingzhuang Yan, James M. Epps, Maura Hagan, Shaowu Bao, and Machuan Peng. 2013 "On Atmospheric-Oceanic-Land Temperature Variability and Trends." International Journal of Geosciences 4 (2013): 417-443.

Yan, Tingzhuang, S. Bao, L. Pietrafesa and P. Gayes, 2013: Modal Inter-Comparisons between North Atlantic Accumulated Cyclone Energy and the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation, and the Pathology of the 2013 Hurricane Season. Journal Natural Science (accepted)

Schwab, W.C., Baldwin, W.E., Hapke, C.J., Lentz, E.E., Gayes, P.T., Denny, J.F., List, J.H. and Warner, J.C., 2013, Geologic Evidence for Onshore Sediment Transport from the inner continental shelf: Fire Island, New York, Journal of Coastal Research. V.29, n 3, p 526-544,

J.F. Denny, W.C. Schwab, W.E. Baldwin, W.A Barnhardt, P.T. Gayes, R.A. Morton, J.C. Warner, N.W. Driscoll, M.S. Harris, E. E. Wright, G. Volgaris, M.P. Katuna, and T.R. Putney, 2013, Holocene Sediment Distribution on the Inner Continental Shelf of Northeastern South Carolina: Implications for the regional sediment budget and long-term shoreline response, Continental Shelf Research V 56, p. 56-70

Pietrafesa, L.J., Dickey, D.A., Gayes, P.T., Yan, T., Epps, J.M., Hagan, M., Boa, S., Peng, M., 2013, On Atmospheric-Oceanic-Land Temperature Variability and Trends, 2013, International Journal of Geoscience. V.4, n.2, p. 417-443


A.L. Alkire, P.T. Gayes, C. Knapp and D.F. Williams, 2011, Depositional history and the effects of sea level rise on Thousand Acre Marsh, Georgetown, SC, USA, South Carolina Journal

Slattery, M., Bokuniewicz, H. and Gayes, P.T., 2011, Flash Rip Currents on Ocean Shoreline of Long Island, in; Leatherman, S. and Fletemeyer, eds., Rip Currents: Beach Safety Physical Oceanography and Wave Modeling, Chapter 2, p 31-45. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL


Crowe, S.E, Gayes, P.T., Viso, R.F., Bergquist, D.C., Jutte, P.C., and Van Dolah, R.F, 2010 Impact of the Charleston Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site on nearby Hard Bottom Reef Habitats, Marine Pollution Bulletin 60 (2010) 679–691

Hapke, C.J., Lentz, E.E., Gayes, P.T., Williams, S.J., McCoy, C. and Schwab, W.C., 2010, A Review of Sediment Budget Imbalances along Fire Island, New York: Can Nearshore Geologic Framework and Patterns of Shoreline Change Explain the Deficit?, Journal of Coastal Research- Volume 26, Issue 3 pp. 510-522

Viso, R., McCoy, C. , Gayes, P.T., and Quafisi, D., 2010, Geological Controls on Submarine Groundwater Discharge in Long Bay, SC, Continental Shelf Research, V. 30, pp 335-341.


Park, J-Y., Gayes, P.T., and Wells, J.T., 2009, Monitoring Beach Re-Nourishment along the Sediment Starved Shoreline of the Grand Strand, South Carolina, Journal of Coastal Research. v. 25, p 336-349


Hill, J.C., Driscoll, N.W., Brigham-Grette, J., Donelly, J.P., Gayes, P.T., and Keigwin, L.D., 2007. New evidence for high discharge to the Chukchi shelf since the Last Glacial Maximum, Quaternary Research, 68: 271-279

Reynolds, B.M., Wren, P.A. and Gayes, P.T., ,2007, Decadal Evolution of Shoreface geometry in South Carolina, USA: in Krauss, N., ed, Coastal Sediments, Amer. Soc. Of Civil Eng., New Orleans