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Support and passion bring Honors College alumna into the 'ocean twilight zone'

Honors College alumna Kayla Gardner’s passion for protecting the ocean and teaching others to do the same led her to pursue a career in marine science. Unlike many young people who are drawn to dolphins, turtles or sharks, much smaller creatures sparked Gardner’s interest.

Nick Peng awarded the 2024 Simons Foundation Early Career Award

Nick Peng, was named one of 5 winners nationwide of the Simons Foundation's 2024 Early Career Investigators in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Award. This award recognizes Nick's pathbreaking research to date and will provide substantial support over the next three years to further his investigations into the "Fungal Contribution into benthic nitrogen and carbon cycling in a productive ocean basin."

Subra Bulusu has been awarded the Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Award

The Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching award is given to innovative faculty committed to quality instruction of graduate students, regardless of faculty track or rank. Subra is the first SEOE faculty member to be awarded this honor.

Jessica Barnes selected as the winner of the USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Humanities and Social Science

The USC Educational Foundation Research Award was established in 1984 and is given innovative research or creative achievement in the form of books, articles, productions, exhibits, compositions or arrangements. It is considered among the most prestigious annual prizes for research and scholarship given at Carolina.

Peter Chametzky is the 2024 Russell Research Award winner for Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Russell Research Awards are the most prestigious annual prizes for research and scholarship given at Carolina. Awards are given for innovative research or creative achievement in the form of books, articles, productions, exhibits, compositions or arrangements.

Katherine Ryker awarded Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation

This award honors USC's most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses

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.


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