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Thesis

Completed thesis projects may be found here

Thesis Guide

Students choosing the Thesis option are required to write a thesis that will demonstrate familiarity and competency with basic scientific methodology. The thesis should document the student's ability to conceive, implement, analyze, and report on his/her original individual or collaborative research.

Details about the appropriate format of the final Thesis document can be found in the MES Program Thesis Preparation Guidelines:

MES Thesis Manual

and in the Graduate School Thesis Manual:

Graduate School Thesis Manual

General information about the Thesis option may be found below and in the MES Student Handbook.

Research Advisory Committee

As soon as the student has elected the thesis option and selected an area of research interest, he/she will select a Research Advisor. The Research Advisor may be, but is not required to be, the same person as the Academic Advisor. The Research Advisor, in consultation with the student, will select a Research Advisory Committee. The function of the Research Advisory Committee is to direct and monitor the student's research program and to assume responsibility for oversight of the student's progress toward the degree. Upon selection and approval of the Research Advisory Committee, the duties of the student's Academic Advisor are completed.

The Research Advisory Committee is composed of at least four (4) members, with the Research Advisor as the chair. The composition of the Committee is as follows: (1) three of the four members must be members of the Graduate Faculty, and; (2) one member must be from outside the student's area of concentration in the MES program. For example, a student concentrating in Biology may comprise a committee of three Biology faculty members and one Political Science faculty member.

Prior to the first meeting of the Research Advisory Committee, the student must present Committee members with a Program of Study with grades received in courses already completed. The Research Advisory Committee, after review of the student's Program of Study, may suggest further coursework deemed beneficial for completion of the research project. Throughout his/her research, the student will meet regularly with the Research Advisory Committee to discuss progress, problems, and additional work necessary to complete the research.

Thesis Proposal

Prior to beginning thesis work, a student must prepare a written Thesis Proposal in consultation with his/her Research Advisor and Research Advisory Committee. Typically, this proposal will be written one year prior to the completion of the thesis. The student will be expected to ensure that all resources necessary for his/her research and permission to use them have been obtained.

The Proposal should include a Plan of Research, which identifies hypotheses to be tested and describes the research approach to the problem. This Plan should show evidence of sound research methodology, creative integration of course material, and an understanding of the pertinent literature.

The Plan shall normally follow the outline listed below:

     I. Project Title

     II. Thesis Advisor

     III. Abstract - Outline Specific Project Goals

     IV. Project Narrative

          A. Introduction

          B. Detailed Project Description Explaining Goals

          C. Significance

          D. References / Works Cited

     V. Project Time Table

     VI. Expected Results/Outcomes

     VII. Resources Required to Complete the Project

     VIII. Approval Signatures

When the Research Advisor is satisfied with the student's preparation and the content of the Plan of Research, the student will present and defend the Thesis Proposal before the Research Committee. The student will be questioned on those methodologies and the background areas needed to complete successfully the proposed research. The Program Director must also review and approve the Proposal. Once the Research Advisory Committee and the Program Director have accepted the Proposal, the student must submit it, along with a signed Thesis Proposal Approval form (MES-6) to the MES Program Office. The Graduate Dean will then review the student’s Thesis Proposal for approval.

Upon completion of the thesis, the Research Advisory Committee will review the student's work and determine if it is acceptable or in need of further research or revisions. Once the Research Advisory Committee has approved the thesis for defense, the student must submit the Thesis Defense Notification form (MES-8) to the MES Program Office.

Timeline

One possible timeline for the Spring 2013 semester, for example, might be:

Before March 4th - provide the Thesis Committee with completed copies of the thesis for review
 
Before March 18th - confirm the day, time, and location of the Thesis Defense with the Committee
 
Before March 25th - provide the MES Program Office with the signed Defense Notification form
 
Before April 1st - provide the Thesis Committee with updated copies of the thesis, incorporating the Committee's suggestions
 
Before April 8th - Oral Defense Day. Following the defense, take note of the Committee's final requirements and suggestions
 
Before April 15th - Provide the Committee members with final copies of the thesis for their signature on the Title Page, and get the Committee members' signatures on the Certification of Successful Thesis Defense form
 
April 22nd Deadline - Submit the final version of the thesis online. The site for you to use to submit your thesis is http://dissertations.umi.com/cofc/  You'll want to check with the Graduate School Office to make sure you understand how to submit your thesis prior to going online (they'll be doing "thesis writing seminars" as well).

Oral Defense

Students electing the thesis option are required to pass a general oral examination directed primarily to the defense of the thesis. The defense begins with a formal presentation of approximately thirty (30) minutes in length, describing the research methods and results. The candidate's Research Advisory Committee and other attendees then conduct an oral examination to test the candidate's understanding of the area of research. Performance on this examination must receive the approval of the majority of the student's Research Advisory Committee before the student will be recommended for the MS degree. Upon completing the oral defense with the Committee's approval, the student must submit the signed Certification for Successful Thesis Defense form (MES-9) to the MES Program Office.

Thesis Format

The MES Program Thesis Preparation Guidelines have been designed to aid you in finishing one of the most important documents you will write in your academic career. Your thesis must meet all the guidelines set forth in the Thesis Manual: A Guide for Graduate Students published by the Graduate School Office at the College of Charleston. Use the most current edition of this Graduate School manual which is available through the Graduate School Office and the MES Program Office. You should find the most current information concerning the requirements, dates, thesis preparation guidelines, etc. at the Graduate School.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the MES Program Thesis Preparation Guidelines conform to the Graduate School Manual. Should you find any discrepancies between the two documents, follow the guidelines in the Graduate School Manual and inform the MES Program Office of the difference.

The site for you to use to submit your thesis is http://dissertations.umi.com/cofc/. You should check with the Graduate School Office to make sure you understand how to submit your thesis prior to going online.

The submission of your master's thesis is the last step in the program leading to the award of your degree. Your manuscript is a scholarly statement of the results of a substantial period of research and preparation. It will be made available for public use in the MES office and online through ProQuest.

For these reasons, the Environmental Studies Program has established guidelines in the physical format of the manuscript in order to obtain a uniformly high quality product, in a permanent and readily reproducible form of presentation, and with consistency in the arrangement of the contents. The thesis must be a professionally finished work in format, style, spelling and appearance. The finished document reflects on both you and on the College. The physical format of the manuscript should be perfect. We would not expect you to settle for less; nor will we. Failure to follow these instructions will necessitate revising the submission until it meets the expected standards. It is preferred that a thesis be prepared, to the extent possible, in the format of the intended journal of publication, with minimal necessary revision prior to submission. However, any deviation from MES presentation requirements must be approved by the your committee and the Director of the MES Program. In no case will any deviation from the format of the Graduate School Manual be permitted.

Registering for Thesis Hours

Students may register for thesis credit hours only in the semester in which the thesis is to be defended. A THESIS PROPOSAL APPROVAL FORM (MES-6) MUST BE ON FILE IN THE MES PROGRAM OFFICE BEFORE THE STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR THESIS CREDIT HOURS. If the student is unable to complete the thesis in the semester in which he/she is registered, no grade of will be issued until the requirements are fulfilled. All work for completion of the course requirements should be submitted by the end of exams in the next major term (Fall or Spring).

When appropriate, preparatory research work leading to a thesis may be credited under enrollment in Independent Study (EVSS 693). Decisions about such enrollment rest with the student's Research Advisory Committee and the Program Director. A student who is in the process of completing a research or thesis project or is using library and laboratory facilities and consulting with MES faculty must maintain continuous enrollment in the program. Continuous enrollment can be maintained by enrollment in a minimum of one hour of Continuous Enrollment (EVSS 900) per semester.

Deadlines for Final Copy Submission

All theses must be submitted online by the date established by the Graduate School Office for each semester. Students are encouraged to use this date as a guideline to determine an appropriate schedule that will give ample time for their thesis defense and thesis revision. Use the Graduate School Manual when submitting your thesis online. Please contact Susan Hallatt if you encounter any problems or have any questions regarding submitting your thesis online.

Completed Theses

Theses that have been completed by MES Students are listed below, along with each student's Primary Research Advisor. A list of all MES Internship Projects can be found on the Completed Internships page. 

Jason Abercrombie (2003): Combining Ability of Glucoraphanin Level and Other Horticultural Traits of Broccoli Advisor Mark Farnham 

Diana (Alsup) Gielstra (1998): A Study of Plant Distribution Changes in Georgetown County Abandoned Rice Fields: Analyzing Succession in Freshwater Estuaries Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) Applications Advisor Cass Runyon 

Dawn Tera Baird (2011): Insect Availability for Swallow-Tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus) in Four Human-Managed Habitats in the South Carolina Coastal Plain Advisor Maria Whitehead 

Kellie (Ballenger) Bass (2004): Establishing a Baseline for Vibrio vulnificus Densities in Oyster and Water Samples from Charleston, South Carolina Advisor Geoffrey Scott 

Megan Barkes (2006): Water Quality Protection in Local Communities: Experiences with Creating Wetland Buffer Ordinances in Lowcountry, South Carolina Advisor Angela Halfacre 

Athan Barkoukis (2006): A Temporal and Spatial Analysis of Fish Trap Catches on Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 1993-2005 Advisor George Sedberry 

Emily Batts (2007): Visualization of Hurricane Hazards and the Effect of Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Accuracy on Hurricane Storm Surge Hazard Maps Advisor Norman Levine

Jenn Beck (2006): Plant Source influence on Spartina alterniflora Growth in Restored South Carolina Marshes Advisor Danny Gustafson

Bray Beltran (2007): Impacts of Fertilizer Additions on Water Quality of a Drained Pine Plantation, Lower Coastal Plain of North Carolina Advisor Timothy Callahan

Paul Berland (2004): Seedling Resistance to Rhizoctonia solani in Cowpea: Development of Evaluation Methodology and Survey of a Diverse Cowpea Germplasm Collection Advisor Judy Thies

Jessica Berrio (2007): Marine Leasing of South Carolina's Coastal Submerged Lands: Options and Considerations for Commercial and Conservation Strategies Advisor Lindeke Mills

Melissa Bimbi (2009): The Effects of Nest Relocation and Key Environmental Factors on Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Nests on Cape Island Advisor Derk Bergquist 

Nicholas Boeschen (2004): Forecasting the Effects of a South Carolina Blue Crab Trap License Moratorium and the Related Time Path for Reaching the Static Maximum Economic Yield and Other Trap Efforts Advisor Marcela Rabi

Catherine Booker (2008): Managing Coral Reef Resilience: A Comparison of Patch Reef Communities and Coral Lesion Regeneration in Protected and Unprotected Areas of the Exuma Cays Advisor Phillip Dustan

Stephanie Bratkovics (2012): Monitoring and Fate of Organic Sunscreen Compounds in the Marine Environment Advisor Yelena Sapozhnikova

Krista (Bunker) McCraken (2004): Hydrologic and Nutrient Analysis of Pond K67 and K70 for Constructed Wetland Project Advisor Marianne Burke

Leslie Burdett (2003): An Investigation of the Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Fishery as a Potential Source of Mortality for Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in South Carolina Advisor Wayne McFee

David Burdick (2006): Top-down Experimental Manipulation of Bahamian Patch Reef Communities: Macroalgal Reduction and Diadema antillarum Additions Advisor Phillip Dustan

Dany Burgess (2008): Development of Invertebrate Assemblages on Artificial Reef Cones off South Carolina: Comparison to an Adjacent Hard-Bottom Habitat Advisor Elizabeth Wenner

Gwendolyn Burns (2007): Modeling of Cultural Resources in the Theban Necropolis Luxor, Egypt Advisor Kem Fronabarger

Julia Byrd (2004): The Effect of Beach Nourishment on Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) Nesting in South Carolina Advisor Robert Van Dolah

Louisa Carter (2008): Genetic Linkage Map for Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus) Useful in Identifying DNA Markers Linked to Gene Loci Conferring Bacterial Fruit Blotch Resistance Advisor Amnon Levi

Sarah Cech (2009): Invasive Plants in Private Neighborhoods: Does Neighborhood Governance Make a Difference? Advisor Joel Gramling 

Clifton Casey (2001): Utilization of Tritium and Tritogenic Helium as a Transient Chemical Tracer to Calibrate a Particle Tracking Simulation for a Numerical Groundwater Flow Model in a Sand and Gravel Aquifer Contaminated with Petroleum Hydrocarbons Advisor Tim Callahan

Jaime (Chose) Crawford (1999): Factors Influencing Bank Erosion in the Tidal Salt Marshes of Murrells Inlet and North Inlet, South Carolina Advisor Cassandra Runyon

Charles Cockcroft (2001): A Pilot Study Investigating Alternatives for the Improvement of Hurricane Warning Effectiveness Advisor Lee Lindner

Jeffrey Cook (2003): Hydrological Design, Plot Characterization, and Initial Hydrologic Budget of a Short Rotation Woody Crop Catchment Study Advisor Tim Callahan

Roman Crumpton (2005): Determination of the Effects of Temperature and Time of Day on the Intensity of Otolith Marks of Juvenile Red Drum (Scaienops Ocellatus) Induced by OTC Immersion Advisor Theodore Smith 

Nick Daily (2009): Stress Response Comparison of Native, Non-Native, and Agricultural Ecotypes of Seven Brassica Species to Elevated Soil Salt Concentrations Advisor Courtney Murren 

James Daugomah (2000): The Effects of Urbanization on the Population Structure of the Palaemontes pugio in Small, High Salinity Estuaries Advisor Geoffrey Scott

Katherina Diemer (2004): Impoundments on Headwater Streams: Do Many Small Ponds Have a Large Cumulative Effect on Water Quality and Species Distribution? Advisor Brian Scholtens

Carolyn Dixon (2007): The Effects of Summer Beach Nourishment to the Atlantic Ghost Crab Populations on Folly Beach, SC Advisor Robert Van Dolah

Beth Donoghue (2011): Civic Responsibility through Environmental Education: How Lowcountry Earth Force's Service Learning Can Involve People of Multiple Socio Economic Statuses Advisor Annette Watson

Sadie Drescher (2005): Capacity of Nitrogen Processing in Watersheds Surrounding Detention Ponds in Kiawah Island, SC Advisor Marianne Burke

Erin Driscoll (2007): Effects of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate on Splenocyte Cell Types and Cytokine Production in the Murine Model Advisor Patricia Fair

Andrew Dudley (2000): Effects of Low Land Exposure to N, N Diethyl-m-Toluamide, Pyridostigmine Bromide, and Exercise Stress in B6C3F1 Mice: Relevance for Persian Gulf War Syndrome Advisor Deborah Keil

Margaret Eichom (2012): How Do People Perceive Scientific Information? A Study of the Communication of Science Using the Local Food Movement in the Charleston Area Advisor Annette Watson

Sarah Falkowski (2005): Recycling Best Management Practices for College Campuses: The College of Charleston Recycling Manual Advisor Isabelle Tapley

Jordan Felber (2007): Variability of Fecal Coliform Concentrations with Regard to Creek Order, Tide Stage, Rainfall and Land Use Patterns Advisor Robert Van Dolah             

Alan Flemming (2006): Distribution of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Stormwater Retention Ponds on Kiawah Island, South Carolina Advisor Alan Lewitus

Susan Fox (2004): Seed Dispersal and Conservation Genetics of the Threatened Species Amaranthus pumilus(Amarathaceae): Implications for Restoration Advisor Allan Strand

Jim Frysinger (1999): Sea Breeze Initiation in Coastal South Carolina Advisor Lee Lindner

Guinn Garrett (2010): Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions in a Lowland Watershed: Evaluation of Source Contribution Advisor Vijay Vulava

Anne-Marie (Geiger) Hasstedt (1998): Evaluation of a Conceptual Model for Shallow Groundwater Flow on the Charleston Peninsula Using Numerical Simulation Advisor Chris Abate

Marika (Gessner) Kary (1998): Metals Contamination along the Peninsula Advisor June Mirecki

Janel Giovannelli (2001): Development of Genetic Markers Linked to Downy Mildew Resistance in Broccoli Advisor Allan Strand

Dawn Glasgow (2010): Photographic Evidence of Temporal and Spatial Variation in Hardbottom Habitat and Associated Biota of the Southeastern U.S. Atlantic Continental Shelf Advisor Marcel Reichert

Hansje (Gold) Krueck (2001): Investigation of the Impact of Fishing on Artificial Reef Structure Off the South Carolina Coast Advisor Antony Harold

Sarah Goldman (2007): Feeding Habits of some Demersal Fishes on the Continental Slope off the Southeastern United States Advisor George Sedberry

Abby Goodson (2011): The Characterization of Fatty Acids in Blubber and Pleural Appendages of Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales (Kogia breviceps and Kogia sima) with and without Cardiomyopathy Advisor Wayne McFee

Lindsay Goodwin (2007): Evaluating the Impacts of Environmental Parameters on Shoreline Erosion and Related Aspects: Assessing the Current Status of Vegetation, Sediments, and Biota Advisor Norman Levine

Jennifer Gossett (2008): The Effects of the 2005 Folly Beach South Carolina Beach Renourishment Project on Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Nesting and Hatchling Success Advisor Michael Katuna

Brian Grabbatin (2008): Sweetgrass Basketry: The Political Ecology of an African-American Art in the South Carolina Lowcountry Advisor Angela Halfacre and Patrick Hurley

Michael Griffin (2012): Using Chemical and Hydraulic Data to Understand Storm-Event Stream Flow in Lowland Watersheds Advisor Timothy Callahan

Sarah Griffin (2005): Reef Morphology and Invertebrate Distribution at Continental Shelf Edge Reefs in the South Atlantic Bight Advisor George Sedberry

Sarah (Habrun) Williams (2005): Use of Real-Time PCR for the Rapid, Specific Detection of Hapalosiphon from AVM-Affected Reservoirs Advisor Alan Lewitus

Elizabeth Haley (2007): Field Measurements and Hydrologic Modeling of the Turkey Creek Watershed, South Carolina Advisor Tim Callahan 

Keith Hanson (2012): Anthropogenic Impacts on Herpetofaunal Diversity and Community Composition on a Barrier Island in the Southeastern United States Advisor Eric McElroy

Scott Harder (2004): Hydrology and Water Budget of a First Order Forested Coastal Plain Watershed, South Carolina Advisor Devendra Amatya

Joanna Harrington (2004): Comparative Incubation Thermodynamics of Three Species of Coastal Birds at Crab Bank, South Carolina Advisor Tom Murphy

Zachary Hart (2003): Stakeholder Participation in Restoration of Lowcountry South Carolina Sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia filipes) Supplies Advisor Angela Halfacre

Gretchen Hay (2001): Using a GIS to Assess the Relationships between Tidal Creek Habitat Characteristics and Finfish and Crustacean Assemblages Advisor Cassandra Runyon

Paul Haywood (2010): Environmental Influences on Tropical Tributary Stream Fish Communities, El Imposible National Park, El Salvador Advisor Antony Harold

Carrie Hendrix (2010): Retention of Three Types of Tags Applied to Adult Red Drum in South Carolina WatersAdvisor Michael Denson

Chris Henson (2010): Transgenerational Plasticity in Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus): An Analysis of Maternal and Paternal Effects in Association with Edaphic Variation Advisor Courtney Murren 

Tessa Rattenbury Henson (2011): Assessment of Genetic Variation in Tolerance and Metal Accumulating Ability of Eight Populations of Chamaecrista Fasciculata in Response to Elevated Soil Cadmium Levels Advisor Matthew Rutter

Andrew Hulin (2001): An Assessment of the Federal Red-cockaded Woodpecker Procedures Manual for Private Lands Utilizing Geographic Information Systems Advisor Cassandra Runyon

Liza Johnson (2005): Hydrologic Assessment of a Shallow Coastal Aquifer: Dixie Plantation, SC Advisor Tim Callahan

Jessica Johnson (2013): "Quantification of Life History Parameters in South Carolina Spot (Leiostomus xanthurus)" Advisor Stephen Arnott

David Joyner (2007): Characterizing the Hydrography of Breached Former Tidal Rice Field Wetlands on the Cooper River, South Carolina Advisor Daniel Tufford              

Charlie Kaufman (2006): Assessment of Beach Renourishment and Other Shoreline Stabilization Projects in Charleston County, SC Advisor Norman Levine

Brianne (Kessler) Bierman (2003): An Evaluation of Marine Protected Area Designation Processes in the United States: Understanding the Role of Stakeholder Involvement Advisor Robert Boyles

Kevin Kolmos (2007): Succession and Biodiversity of an Artificial Reef Marine Protected Area: A Comparison of Fish Assemblages on Protected and Unprotected Habitats Advisor Glenn Ulrich 

Gabriella Kirby (2006): Ecological Restoration of South Carolina Piedmont Plant Communities: A Soil Seed Bank Advisor Jean Everett

Jeanette Klopchin (2005): Environmental Impacts of the Free-Ranging Rhesus Monkey Colony (Macca mulatta) on Morgan Island, SC Advisor Paul Sandifer

Jeff Kyer (2010): An Investigation of Environmental Changes in Antiquity in the Goksu Valley, Turkey Advisor Norman Levine

Jennifer Lamar (2002): Analysis of Colonial Seabird Nesting Characteristics Using GIS and Remote Sensing Methods: Airplane and Kite Aerial Photography Advisor Dennis Forsythe

Deborah Laska (2005): Occurrence and Distribution of Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the Coastal Waters of Charleston County, South Carolina Advisor Patricia Fair

Ileana LaTorre-Torres (2008): Seasonal Relationships between Precipitation, Stream Flow Patterns, and Watershed Characteristics of Turkey and Quinby Creeks (FMNF) Advisor Timothy Callahan

Sarah Latshaw (2011): Restoration of Maritime Habitats on a Barrier Island Using the Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) as a Flagship Species Advisor Paul Nolan

Tyler Lawson (2009): Habitat Effects on Chytridiomycosis Infection in the Critically Endangered Agalychnis moreletii Advisor Martin Jones and Allison Welch

Thomas Linstroth (2004): Evaluating Traits of Successful CCP Cities and the Institutional Barriers They Face Advisor Angela Halfacre

Cameron Lowery (2010): Public Participation in Local Environmental Governance: A Question of Identity Advisor Annette Watson

Katie Luciano (2010): Impacts of Underlying Stratigraphy, Inlet Formation, and Geomorphology on Coastal Sediment Dynamics: Capers Inlet Quadrangle, SC (USA) Advisor M. Scott Harris

Lara (Mason) Brock (2006): Water Quality, Nutrients, Phytoplankton Ecology, and Landuses in Brackish Detention ponds and Surrounding Sub-Watersheds on Kiawah Island, South Carolina Advisor Alan Lewitus

Kristan McKinne (2005): Coordinating Sustainable Environmental Volunteerism on a College Campus: The College of Charleston Native Species Garden Advisor Angela Halfacre

Miranda McManus (2007): Population Structure of Shortnose Sturgeon Acipenser brevirostrum in Southeastern United States Rivers Advisor Allan Strand

Jeff Medves (2009): Use of Enhanced NEHRP Soil Maps for Hazus-MH Analysis in Charleson, South Carolina Advisor Norman Levine

Mark Messersmith (2007): Assessing the Hydrology and Pollutant Removal Efficiencies of Stormwater Detention Ponds in South Carolina Advisor Denise Sanger

Elizabeth Mihalik (2007): Watershed Characterization and Runoff Modeling of the Chapel Branch Creek in Orangeburg County, South Carolina Advisor Norman Levine

Dylan Murphy (2011): Development of New Technology for the Improvement of a Citizen Science Project: Clearn Marine Smartphone App Advisor Mary Conley

Chris Nichols (2000): An Examination of Shoreline, Barrier Ridge Area, and Land Use Change on Morris Island, South Carolina, Using GIS and Remote Sensing Advisor June Mirecki

Robert Norman (1999): Molecular Determination of the Microbial Community Structure Associated with the Dechlorination of 2,3,4,5-Tetrachlorobiphenyl Advisor Harold May

Katharine Owens (2003): Assessing Impacts of College Campus Sustainability Initiatives on Environmental Attitudes, Behaviors and Knowledge Advisor Angela Halfacre

Michelle Pate (2008): Stomach Content Analysis of Bottlenose Dolphins Stranded Dead in South Carolina Advisor Wayne McFee 

Emma Paz (2011): The Importance of Vegetation in a Statewide Carbon Budget using GIS Advisor Norman Levine

Matthew  Pendleton (2007): Coastal Marsh Inventory for the Critical Area of South Carolina's Coastal Counties: Development of a GIS-Based Feature Extraction Process Advisor Norm Levine

Megan Penrod (2010): Floral Phenotypic Integration of Eight Species in the Brassicaceae from Native and Non-Native Environments Advisor Courtney Murren 

Aaron Petty (2011): The Effects of Dietary Antioxidants on Oxidative Status and Disease Resistance in the Pacific White Shrimp. Litopenaeus vannamei Advisor Karen Burnett

Albert Plan (2008): An Analysis of Population Structure and Assessment of Clonality in Vitx rotundifolia, a Non-Native Dune Plant, Using AFLP Markers Advisor Courtney Murren and Allan Strand         

James Powell (2007): White Spot Syndrome Virus Detection in Atlantic White Shrimp, Litopenaeus setiferus, and Blue Crabs, Callinectes sapidus, of the United States South Atlantic Coast Advisor Craig Browdy 
          
Thomas Pullaro (2004): Killed Cover Crops as Mulches for Vegetable Production in the Southeastern United States Advisor Paul Marino

Blaik Pulley (2008): Emerita talpoida and Donax variabilis Population Distribution throughout Crescentic Formations; Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Advisor Dennis Stewart

Thomas Putney (2003): The Geologic Framework of the Grand Strand Coast, Georgetown and Horry Counties, South Carolina Advisor Michael Katuna

Jennifer (Pyzoha) Warf (2003): The Hydrology of Coastal Plain Landscapes with Dentritic and Depressional Drainage Patterns: The Role of Surface Water and Groundwater Interactions with Carolina Bay Wetlands Advisor Tim Callahan

Andrew Ray (2008) The effects of simple management techniques on microbial community dynamics within biofloc-based culture systems and the relationship to shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) production Advisor John Leffler

Reginald Reeves (2008): GIS Mapping of 'Two Worlds': Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Conservation Priorities Advisor Patrick Hurley and Norm Levine

Ludivine Renaud (2008) Methane and Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Bottomland Hardwood Wetlands in Francis Marion National Forest, SC Advisor Carl Trettin

Brock Renkas (2010): Description of Periodicity and Location of Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Spawning in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina Advisor Marcel Reichert

Jeff Retzke (2001): The Impact of Nickel on Sulfate and Uranium Reduction by Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria: Implications for Bioremediation Advisor Pamela Morris

Jessi Rowland (2011): The Influence of Amenity Migration on Land-Use Planning in Jackson County, North Carolina: A Political Ecology Approach Advisor Patrick Hurley

Gabe Sataloff (2008) Using a GIS for Simulation, Modeling, and Analysis of Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Habitat Utilization on Kiawah Island, SC Advisor Norm Levine

Kate Skaggs(2010): Implications of Emerging Neoliberal Politics on Conservation Governance in the South Carolina Lowcountry Advisor Annette Watson

Jenn Scales (2009): Habitat Effects on Behavior in a Wide-spread Territorial Songbird, Melospiza melodia Advisor Melissa Hughes

Stephen Schabel, Jr. (2004): Translating and Disseminating Scientific Information to Previously Untargeted Stakeholder Groups: The Urbanization and Southeastern Estuarine Systems Project and Rotary Advisor Angela Halfacre

Jamie Schurbon (2000): Effects of Prescribed Burning on Amphibians in the Francis Marion National Forest Advisor Eberhard Voit

Jessi Adair Shuler (2007): Conserving Subdivided Nature: A Typology of Residential Development Practices in the South Carolina Lowcountry Advisor Angela Halfacre and Patrick Hurley 

Qamar Schuyler (2004): Remote Sensing of Change on a Remote Atoll: Karang Kapota, Indonesia Advisor Phillip Dustan

Renee Seaman (1999): The Effects of Mound Building and Selective Seed Predation By the Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) in an Old Field Plant Assemblage Advisor Paul Marino 

Kelly Sloan (2011): Barnacle Growth as an Indicator of the Onset and Duration of the Clinical Symptoms of Debilitated Turtle Syndrome Affecting Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) Sea Turtles Advisor John Zardus

Chrissy Smith (2005): Effects of Stormwater Runoff on the Water Quality of Tidal Creeks in Charleston, SC Advisor Denise Sanger

Tom Smith (2011): Predictive Capabilities of GIS for the Distribution of Wetland Skippers (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in South Carolina Advisor Brian Scholtens

Stacy Stefan (2008) Seabirds in Coastal South Carolina: An Analysis of Banded Royal Terns and Eastern Brown Pelicans Advisor Briget Doyle

Chrissa Stroh (2004): Influence of Climate Variation on Vegetation of Carolina Bays Advisor Diane DeSteven

William Strosnider (2005): Design for Nitrogen Reduction in Estuarine Systems: Retrofitting Coastal Ponds with Stormwater Wetlands Advisor Marianne Burke

Robert Swarthout (2006): Method Development for Organohalogen Contaminant Analysis in Sea Turtle Whole Blood, Serum and Plasma Advisor John Kucklick

Karen Thal (2011): Proliferating Sustainable Initiatives in the Hotel Industry through Local Networks, a Case Study Advisor Tracy Burkett

Mark Thompson (1999): Assessments of the Population Biology and Critical Habitat for the Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus, in South Carolina Advisor Elizabeth Wenner

Bree Tomlinson (2009): Foraging Habitat Selection and Nesting Success of Wood Storks in South Carolina Advisor Thomas Murphy 

Laxminath Tumburu (2005): Effects of Endosulfan Contamination and Taura Syndrome Virus Infection on Survival and Molting of the Marine Penaeid Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei Advisor Craig Browdy

Lisa (Vandiver) Hayes (2005): Characterizing Pollutant Transport through a Coastal, Residential Lawn of Vegetated Buffer Advisor Fred Holland

Aaron Voelker (2007): Applicability of Convergence Hypothesis at the Organizational Level Advisor Angela Halfacre

Peter von Loewe (2001): Development of a Numerical Model to Simulate Atrazine Behavior in Surface Waters of the Cow Castle Creek Basin, South Carolina Advisor June Mirecki

Bethney Ward (2003): Bioaccumlation of Metals and Biomarker Responses in Shellfish from Shipyard Creek, SC Advisor Amy Ringwood

Ryan Wenzel (2011): Amphibian Community Dynamics During Long Leaf Pine Restoration Advisor Alison Welch

Suzanne Whitney (2008): The Effects of Habitat Alteration and Disturbance on Nesting Bald Eagles Advisor Tom Murphy

Lindsay White (2003): Effects of Prescribed Fire and Thinning on Nutrient Fate and Transport and Erosion Potential in Highly Eroded Piedmont Forests of South Carolina Advisor Carl Trettin

Andrew Wunderley (2005): The Public Trust Doctrine and Coastal Zone Management in South Carolina Advisor Lindeke Mills

Joshua Young (2007): Bridging Science and Management to Prepare for Hurricane Storm Surge Advisor Braxton Davis