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Groundbreaking Research

The Department of Natural Sciences has faculty members working at the frontiers of discovery. On-campus and off-campus research are generating daily discoveries that are the result of the efforts, creativity and dedication of our professors and the students who work to support them as well as to enhance their undergraduate learning.


Stephen A. Borgianini, Ph.D. Stephen A. Borgianini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ph: 843-208-8110 • Email: borgians@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of South Carolina
• M.S. in Biology from Rutgers University
• B.S. in Marine Science from Richard Stockton College


Research Areas of Interest:
• Marine/Estuarine Ecology
• Larval Ecology
• Evolutionary Ecology
• Coastal Conservation


Jena L. Chojnowski, Ph.D. Jena L. Chojnowski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Developmental and Molecular Biology
Ph: 843-208-8266 • Email: jchojnow@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Zoology from University of Florida
• B.S. in Zoology from University of Florida



Research Areas of Interest:
• Developmental Biology
• Stem Cell Biology
• Eye Development and Maintenance


Edward L. D'Antonio, Ph.D.Edward L. D'Antonio, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Structural Biology
Ph: 843-208-8101 • Email: edantonio@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University
• B.S. in Chemistry from Millersville University



Research Areas of Interest:
• Structural Biology
• Enzymology
• Medicinal Chemistry
• Chagas' Disease


Diego L. Gil-Agudelo, Ph. D. Diego L. Gil-Agudelo, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Ph: 843-802-8000 • Email: dlgil@uscb.edu • Visit Website

• B.S. in Marine Biology, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia (1998)
• Ph.D. in Marine Biology, University of South Carolina (2004)
• Esp. Ocean Governance, International Ocean Institute, Dalhousie University (2008)


Research Areas of Interest:
• Marine Microbiology
• Coral Reef Ecology
• Host-Microbe interactions
• Beneficial Microbes.


Eric W. Montie, M.S., Ph.D. Eric W. Montie, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph: 843-208-8107 • Email: emontie@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from MIT/WHOI
• M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University
• B.S. in Zoology from University of Rhode Island


Research Areas of Interest:
• Marine Sensory and Neurobiology
• Bioacoustics
• Environmental Toxicology and Noise Pollution
• Climate Change


Kim B. Ritchie, Ph. D. Kim B. Ritchie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Genetics and Prokaryotic Cell Biology
Ph: 843-521-4315 • Email: kritch@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Genetics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• B.S. in Biology from University of South Carolina at Aiken

 

Research Areas of Interest:
• Marine Microbiology
• Coral Reef Ecology
• Host-Microbe interactions
• Beneficial Microbes


Gordon D. Sproul, Ph.D. Gordon D. Sproul, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Ph: 843-521-4162 • Email: gdsproul@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Illinois
• M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Illinois
• B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College


Research Areas of Interest:
• Lipoamino acids
• Lipopeptides
• Prebiotic
• Origin-of-Life


Joseph L. Staton, Ph.D. Joseph L. Staton, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology/Marine Science and Department Chair
Ph: 843-208-8105 • Email: jstaton@uscb.edu Visit Website

• Ph.D. in Environmental Physiology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Louisiana, Lafayette



Research Areas of Interest:
• Invertebrate Biology
• Molecular Evolution
• Population Genetics
• Phylogeography


Debra J. Wallace, Ph.D. Debra J. Wallace, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Ph: 843-208-8317 • Email: dwallace@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Astronomy from Georgia State University
• M.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University
• B.B.A. in International Business from University of Georgia


Research Areas of Interest:
• Massive Stars
• Binary Stars
• Science Policy
• Interferometry