Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson just received an NSF award ($362,164) for her project entitled "Collaborative Research: Isotopic Insights to Mercury in Marine Food Webs and How it Varies with Ocean Biogeochemistry"
Congratulations to Discovery Day winners from MSCI!
Morning Poster Presentations: Environmental Sciences
1st Place - Craig Raffenberg (Senior)
Afternoon Poster Presentations: Environmental Sciences
1st Place - Daniel Utter (Junior)
2nd Place - Alexandra Norelli (Sophomore)
Congratulations to MSCI professor George Voulgaris! He is to receive this year's USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering!
MSCI undergraduates Morgan Cunningham, Josh Helgoe, Suneil Iyer, Stephanie LaPlaca, Avery Lee, Kelly McCabe and Victoria Young win Magellan Scholars for Fall 2014!
MSCI alum Erin McParland received a NDSEG Fellowship!
MSCI undergraduate Riley Brady was awarded an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii!
MSCI undergraduate Dan Utter received an Honorable Mention in the UDALL Competition this year!
MSCI undergraduates Riley Brady, Alicia Cheripka, Charlotte Eckmann, Chandler Green, Suneil Iyer, and Kelly McCabe have just won prestigious NOAA Hollings Scholarships! That's six MSCI majors, a new record!
Elizabeth Galinis, a 2001 BA graduate of the MSCI Program, wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award!
Dr. James Morris' project entitled "Clonal aging and the molecular basis for sudden marsh dieback." is funded by SC Sea Grant Consortium/NOAA/DOC for $25,323!
Dr. Dianne Greenfield's project entitled "Development and validation of a novel molecular tool to rapidly detect and quantify harmful algal bloom (HAB) species linked with fish kills and public health." is funded by SC Sea Grant Consortium/NOAA/DOC for $31,529!
Dr. Erik Smith's project entitled "Hydrology and pollutant removal performance in detention ponds typical of the lower coastal plain of South Carolina." is funded by SC Sea Grant Consortium/NOAA/DOC for $49,027!
Margaret Palmer, a Ph.D. graduate of the MSCI Program, is in the news again! Dr. Palmer's research and advocacy about the adverse effects of strip mining on streams and creeks in Appalachia is featured in Science Magazine!
Congratulations to Lauren Hehman and Alex Norelli, who won student presentation awards at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) meeting, February 13-14, 2014, in Savannah, Georgia! Congrats also to Drs. Erik Smith, Jay Pinckney and Tammi Richardson!
Dr. Jean Ellis has been awarded a very prestigious Fulbright Award to conduct research in Brazil this Fall!
Margaret Vogel and John Gatto, MSCI undergraduate researchers with Dr. Blaine Griffen, are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications!
MSCI Undergraduate Charlotte Eckmann is featured in the USC Times!
Congratulations to Marine Science Graduate Student Doug Bell (Advisor Dr. Tammi Richardson) who received a USC SPARC Graduate Research Fellowship!
Congratulations to Mauro Maza Chamorro, a 2011 Ph.D. graduate of the Marine Science Program, for his appointment as Manager of the Marine Sciences Program of the Colombia National Science System (COLCIENCIAS). Mauro sends his thanks to his advisor, Dr. George Voulgaris, and the MSCI Program for his excellent preparation for this position. We are all very proud of Mauro!
Congratulations to Dr. Tammi Richardson on her election to the University-National-Oceanographic-Laboratory-System (better known as UNOLS) Council! UNOLS keeps the research fleet afloat and maintains our access to the global ocean.
The latest issue of the Marine Science Program's undergraduate journal, MarSci, is now complete - and we must say that it is truly spectacular. It was put together completely by our Marine Science undergraduate students. Click HERE to view the latest edition.
Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Magellan winners: Julia Bennett, Ryan Bos, Emma De Neef, Charlotte Eckmann, Gregory Isales, and Craig Raffenberg!
Dr. Joe Quattro's discovery of the Carolina Hammerhead is listed as #6 in Time Magazine's list of top ten species discovered in 2013.
For those of you who may know Dr. Miles Hayes (now retired) - one of THE coastal geomorphologists (think erosion, groundwater, etc.) in the world -Check out the Special issue - Proceedings, Symposium in Applied Coastal Geomorphology to Honor Miles O. Hayes. Articles are freely available and many focus on the beaches of our beloved South Carolina.
Congratulations to our very own Howie Scher - who has been named a University of Tasmania Visiting Scholar!
Congratulations to Marine Science major Abigail Engleman, who has been named the first finalist in the " Win your future unlimited" global competition. She will participate in a two-week study tour of Australia in December, and compete to win a year of study at an Australian institution beginning in February 2014.
Engleman (left) was invited to the U.S. Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C. to meet the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Kim Beazley (right).
Congratulations to Dr. Dennis M. Allen, whose project entitled "Exploring Mechanisms for Linking Climate Change, Long-Term Larval Fish Abundance, and Water Quality Monitoring Data for Fisheries Management Decisions" is funded by Rutgers University/NOAA for $89,059.
Congratulations to Dr. Erik Smith, whose project entitled "Improving Management Outcomes of Sea-Level Rise Modeling through Standardized Sampling a Key Model Input: Total Suspended Solids above Tidal Marshes" was funded by Point Blue Conservation Science/UNH/NOAA for $26,133.
Congratulations to Marine Science undergraduate Greg Isales, who received a $3000 SURF grant to conduct research with Dr. David Volz.
Dr. Dwayne Porter's project entitled "Continuing Support of the NERR Centralized Data Management Office" is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for $349,146.
Congratulations to Dr. James Morris, whose research project entitled "Collaborative Research: Sea-Level Rise and Salt-Marsh Response: a Paleo Perspective" was funded by the NSF for $62,876.
Congratulations to our two newest Marine Science graduate students, Ben Bograd and Blaire Umhau for receiving USC's Presidential Scholar awards!
Congratulations to Marine Science undergraduate Drew Delorenzo, who just received a 2013 - 2014 Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) Student Scholarship!
Congratulations to our August Marine Science graduates! We will miss you!
Congratulations to Wendy Allen, whose project entitled "North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve" was funded by Estuarine Reserves Division/NOAA for $552,436.
Congratulations to Dr. Cedric Fichot (Advisor: Ron Benner) who received the University of South Carolina's 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award!
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Seth John. His proposal, "Collaborative research: Experimental constraints on marine Fe isotope effects - Biology, ligands, and particles," was funded by NSF for $483,000 (with co-PI Kristen Buck at BIOS).
Dr. Jim Morris has been named a Fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists. This is the highest recognition of membership bestowed by the Society.
It is official. The Marine Science Program had 44 Marine Science undergraduate majors graduate this May. Of this 44, 20 students graduated with magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors! Our students are AWESOME!
Congratulations to Dr. Subra Bulusu who was just awarded $296,249 from NASA to study, "New Approaches to Understanding the MJO using Satellite Altimetry and Aquarius Salinity in the Tropical Oceans"
Dr. Subra Bulusu has his article, Mapping Sea Salt From Orbit: Building Better Ocean and Climate Models, featured in Science Daily!
Congrats to Dr. Jim Morris, whose research project entitled "Synthesis of High and Low Marsh Habitat Mapping and Responses to Sea-Level Rise in the South Atlantic Region" is funded by East Carolina University/ Misissippi State & DOI for $50,006.
Marine Science undergraduate Teresa Tymon was awarded the 2013 AAUS/OWUSS Scientific diving internship. She will be interning at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Congratulations to Dr. Joe Quattro who was just named USC's 2013 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor!
Congratulations to our Marine Science undergraduate Award Winners!: Kyra Marsigliano (Outstanding Major in Marine Science), Drew DeLorenzo (Outstanding Rising Senior), and Emily Hardin (Traci J. Heincelman Memorial Scholarship)!
Kyra, Drew, and Emily
Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson has been named USC's Distinguished Professor of the Year - USC's most prestigious award!
Dr. Quattro's research project entitled "Identification of Refuge Areas for Genetically Pure Redeye Bass Micropterus coosae in Savannah Basin Streams" is funded by the SC Department of Natural Resources/DOI for $50,144!
Congratulations to graduate student Bridgett Bachman, who received a $5000 SPARC Research Fellowship!
Congratulations to Marine Science undergraduates Dan Utter and Emily Townsend, this Summer/Fall's Magellan Scholar recipients, which supports $3000 in research support!
Congratulations to our undergraduate coordinator Shelley Schlenk for winning the College of Arts & Sciences Staff Excellence Award!
Dr. Dianne Greenfield's research project entitled "Development of a Novel Genetic Approach to Rapidly Detect and Quantify Fish Eggs of Commercially Important Species: a New Tool for Fisheries Management" is funded by SC Sea Grant Consortium/NOAA for $24,640.
Dr. Erik Smith's research project entitled "Assessing Aeration as a Means of Improving Stormwater Pond Performance and Reducing Organic Loading to the Coastal Zone" is funded by SC Sea Grant Consortium/NOAA for $36,753.
Congratulations to Marine Science Graduate Student, Jessica Hogan, the winner of USC Graduate School’s t-shirt and logo design competition for graduate student day. "Grad School faculty and staff were impressed by the logo's bold, vibrant design. Equally important was the nod to one of the things that makes Graduate Student Day so special: we bring together and celebrate the scholarship and creativity of graduate students from across the disciplines."
Congratulations to Dr. Ron Benner who was named a USC Carolina Distinguished Professor! This is one of the highest honors that a Professor at USC can receive and it is given to those"who rank among the most distinguished scholars in the field in this country and shall usually possess an international reputation." There are only 25 Carolina Distinguished Professors throughout the University at any given time.
Congratulations to Dr. Subra Bulusu on the Special Issue of Marine Geodesy, "A Century of El Nino & La Nina", which he Guest Edited!
Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Magellan Winners: Emma Kelley and Kaitlin Little!
Thirty-two MSCI majors earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in Fall 2012 and a spot on the President’s Honor Roll, while another 84 earned a spot on the Dean’s List! That means that 35% of our majors made the Honor Roll!