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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina



Susan Libes

Aquatic and marine pollution, groundwater geochemistry

College of Science

Susan Libes, professor of marine science and chemistry, joined Coastal's faculty in 1983. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Douglass College at Rutgers University in 1977 and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Joint Program in Oceanography and Ocean Engineering in 1983. As the founding director of the Waccamaw Watershed Academy, she engages in research, teaching and public outreach to meet regional needs for protecting water quality in the rivers and coastal waters of Horry and Georgetown counties. She has received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop a watershed management plan for the Kingston Lake Watershed in the Waccamaw Basin. She is also a founding member of the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium.

From 1993 to 2000, Libes served as the chair of CCU's marine science department. In 2003, she was named CCU's Distinguished Teacher-Scholar. Libes is the author of the textbook, "An Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry," published in 1992 by John Wiley & Sons.

She was named Land Conservationist of the Year in 1992 by the S.C. Chapter of the National Wildlife Federation.

Her scholarly interests are in the fields of aquatic and marine pollution and groundwater geochemistry.

Contact Information
Phone: 843-349-4028