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Marine Science Faculty and Staff

Department Leadership

Juliana M. Harding, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Community ecology and ecosystem dynamics, invertebrate zoology, sclerochronology 

Diane Fribance, Ph.D.  
Professor/Associate Chair, Undergraduate Programs   
Research Interests: River plumes, estuarine physics, coastal observational oceanography  
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Erin E. Hackett, Ph.D.   
Professor/Associate Chair, Graduate Programs   
Research Interests: Coastal physical oceanography, coastal meteorology, radar remote sensing
ehackett@coastal.edu |  View profile »


Jennifer Akel     
Administrative Assistant, Graduate Programs 
Science Annex II 151G   
jakel@coastal.edu | 843-349-6505

Beth Bischoff   
Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Programs  
Science Annex II 102I   
ebischoff@coastal.edu | 843-349-2707

Walter Showers Jr.
Laboratory Specialist II
Science Annex II 213
wshowers@coastal.edu | 843-349-5050


April Abbott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor      
Research Interests: Marine Geochemistry, Paleoclimatology, Trace Elements & Isotopes, SEM-EDS 
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Dan Abel, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Physiological ecology and conservation biology of sharks  
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Shaowu Bao, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor 
Research Interests: Modeling coastal atmosphere, ocean, river interaction, and natural hazards
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George Boneillo, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer     
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Erin Burge, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Using underwater cameras to study fish ecology
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Paul T. Gayes, Ph.D.
Professor/Executive Director, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies 
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Jane L. Guentzel, Ph.D.
jguentze@coastal.edu |  View profile »

Till J. Hanebuth, Ph.D.
thanebuth@coastal.edu |  View profile »

Angelos Hannides, Ph. D.
Associate Professor  
Research Interests: Coastal biogeochemistry, sand diagenesis, eutrophication, hypoxia, acidification 
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Bret Jarrett, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Carbonate sedimentology, Carbonate diagenesis
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Var Limpasuvan, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Large-scale atmospheric and climate dynamics 
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Ryan Rezek, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor  
Research Interests: Coastal Ecosystem Ecology, Conservation, Trophodynamics, Ecological Modeling
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Eric Rosch, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer   
Research Interests: Marine behavioral ecology and anthropogenic impacts
erosch@coastal.edu |  View profile »

Zhixiong Shen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor    
Research Interests: Coastal geology, hazards, and geochronology  
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Lauren Stefaniak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor  
Research Interests: Biology, ecology, and taxonomy of sessile benthic invertebrates 
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Margaret A. Stoughton, M.S.
Senior Lecturer
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Richard F. Viso, Ph.D.
Professor/Associate Dean, Gupta College of Science
rviso@coastal.edu |  View profile »

Keith Walters, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Marine organismal, population, community, & ecosystem ecology 
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Eric Wright, Ph.D.
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Robert Young, Ph.D.
Professor/Associate Provost for Research  
Research Interests: Ecology, behavior, and conservation of dolphins and fish
ryoung@coastal.edu | View profile »

Affiliated Faculty

Susan M. Libes, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
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Thomas Mullikin Sr., J.D., Ph.D.
Research Professor
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Leonard J. Pietrafesa, Ph.D.
Research Professor    

Kara Rosch 
Teaching Associate 
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Jeffrey Stewart 
Teaching Associate 

Lisa Williams-Everett 
Teaching Associate   
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