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Tammi Richardson earns SEC faculty achievement award for teaching, research

Each year, the Southeastern Conference recognizes faculty members for dedication to teaching, innovation, service and outstanding work that advances the mission of the SEC and its institutions. The 2024 winner for the University of South Carolina is Tammi Richardson, department chair and professor of biological sciences.

Benitez-Nelson Named Fellow of The Oceanography Society

For her outstanding contributions to understanding marine biogeochemical cycling and exhibited exceptional commitment to mentoring and increasing diversity in ocean sciences, Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson has been selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society.

Associate professor of geoscience education Katherine Ryker encourages observation and discovery

Associate professor of geoscience education Katherine Ryker teaches students to teach themselves by encouraging them to be more observant and to follow their curiosity where it leads them.

As the US begins to build offshore wind farms, scientists say many questions remain about impacts on the oceans and marine life

As renewable energy production expands across the U.S., the environmental impacts of these new sources are receiving increased attention. The Conversation asked USC marine scientist Erin L. Meyer-Gutbrod and others to explain the key findings of a recent report on how offshore wind farms in the Nantucket Shoals region could affect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Dr. Carol Boggs has been elected as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution

This is a major society for evolutionary biologists and is home to the journals Evolution and Evolution Letters, jointly with the European Society for Evolutionary Biology.

Claudia Benitez-Nelson named to Ocean Research Advisory Council

Claudia Benitez-Nelson, a and Sciences’ School of the Earth, Ocean and the Environment, has been named to the White House's Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP).

Meet Meredith Love

Working in Dr. David Barbeau's Tectonics and Sedimentation Lab, Meredith's research utilizes zircon geochronology and Uranium - Lead age dating to better understand the amalgamation of the southern Appalachians offering new insights to models of Appalachian terrane accretion.

Three SEOE undergraduates named NOAA Hollings Scholars

Ainsley Cain, Maddie Rich and Kelley Strike have been named 2023 NOAA Hollings Scholars, joining a legacy of over 70 University of South Carolina students selected for this prestigious award.

Meet Hannah Fox

Hannah is a MEERM student working on the creation of conservation easements to help further conservation progress in the Edisto River Basin.

2023 Undergraduate Student Awards

Congratulations to the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment 2023 Undergraduate student award winners!

Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award

Dr. Katherine Ryker is the recipient of the 2023 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award

Meet Camille Rossiello

Camille is a Masters student working in the Hydrogeology Lab with Dr. Alicia Wilson. Camille's research focuses on observing trends in salt marsh migration by using a numerical model to simulate groundwater movement in a salt marsh.

Two SEOE faculty honored as new McCausland Fellows for 2023

Two new faculty members have been named to the fellowship in 2023. The three-year fellowship supports early-career faculty with a salary supplement as well as funding for research.

Meet Liam Batchelder

Liam is a Ph.D. Student in the Coastal Conservation Ecology Lab. His research aims to link changes in shrimp populations with environmental conditions by leveraging long-term monitoring datasets from South Carolina DNR, Georgia DNR, and the National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) in each state.

Tammi Richardson wins top teaching award

Tammi Richardson, a marine biologist who studies phytoplankton, received the university's top teaching award, the 2022 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year.

2022 Undergraduate Student Awards

Congratulations to the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment 2022 undergraduate student award winners and to all of our graduating students!!

2022 Graduate Student Awards

Congratulations to all of our 2022 SEOE Graduates!!! The following group of students are recognized for their outstanding teaching and research

Graduate Teaching Award

Ekaterina Rojas-Kolomiets of Geological Sciences received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, from the UofSC Graduate School

Meet Sarah Hall

Sarah analyzes the physical dynamics of the Arctic Ocean including freshwater distribution, air-sea interactions, and parameters changing underneath the ocean's surface.

Meet Chris Papageorgiou

Chris is a master's student in the SEOE whose research focuses on remote sensing techniques for mapping the ocean seabed and analyzing the physical properties of water bodies by utilizing autonomous vehicles.

Meet Our Students - Curtis Szewczyk

Curtis is about to complete his MS in Marine Science working under the advisement of Drs. Claudia Benitez-Nelson and Erik Smith. His research is focused on the processing of organic matter within inland waters.

Meet Our Students - Annie Klyce

Annie is a PhD candidate in the SEOE Geology Program researching ways to teach geology more effectively and better engage students with the discipline.

Meet Our Students - Madelyn Petersen

Madelyn is a PhD student working in Dr. Susan Lang's lab. Her project focuses on changes to carbon-based organic matter in water as it moves through the oceanic crust in places like hydrothermal vents

SEOE Undergraduate Research Investigating Water Insecurity in Rural Alaskan Communities

Check out MSCI major Christina Mueller's work with David Fuente on water insecurity in the new issue of Carolina CrossTalk. CrossTalk is a student-run research magazine that features the stories of undergraduate researchers from all the different disciplines.

A study by David Fuente and Mufaro Kanyangarara reveals that lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in sub-Saharan Africa may have COVID impacts

Kanyangarara and Fuente, led a team in examining the WASH services at more than 16,000 health facilities in 18 sub-Saharan Africa.


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