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



Paul Gayes


sea level change, coastal erosion, wind

College of Science

Paul T. Gayes, director of Coastal Carolina University's Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies and Palmetto Professor of marine science and geology, joined the CCU faculty in 1987. He earned a bachelor's degree in earth and space science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1981, a master's degree in geosciences from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 and a Ph.D. in coastal oceanography from the Marine Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

At Coastal, Gayes has received more than $6 million in research grants from a wide range of federal and state agencies such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Minerals Management Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, S.C. Sea Grant, S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, S.C. DHEC-OCRM and the National Park Service.

He has published on topics ranging from relative sea level change to coastal erosion to impacts of large storms and evolution of coastal systems. He served on the U.S. Working Groups for the UNESCO-International Geologic Correlation Programe Project 274 (Relative Sea Level) and Project 367 (Rapid Coastal Change) and has presented invited lectures on his research at professional meetings across the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. Gayes is a member of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Technical Advisory Board and the Research Advisory Board for the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary. His work has allowed about 500 Coastal students to participate in extended research cruises up and down the east coast, the Arctic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and Lake Tahoe.
Gayes was appointed by Governor Mark Sanford to the South Carolina Advisory Committee on Climate, Energy and Commerce. He was recognized as the 2006-2007 HTC Teacher-Scholar Lecturer .

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Phone: 843-349-4015