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Katie Faith

Katie ( joined the Dual Degree Program in August 2015, graduating from Piedmont College (Georgia) with a BS in Environmental Science. For my undergraduate research I looked at soil adsportion rates for two different clay types using soluble zinc and copper to test how readily they remove toxins and remediate the earth. I am interested in Urbanization, city planning, and project management, and am currently working as a physics TA at the College of Charleston. I wish to secure a career in natural resource management, specifically dealing with water quality and soil remediation.

Lucy Davis

Lucy ( graduated from Georgetown College with a degree in Environmental Science, and joined the Dual Degree Program in August 2015. She is a current Graduate Assistant in the MES office and works for the South Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Her research interests concern the anthropogenic effects on the environment. Lucy's undergraduate research experience involved the study of environmental contaminants that cause breast cancer. Currently, she is evaluating how the age of sexual maturity for female bottlenose dolphins is impacted in highly populated and developed areas along the Charleston coast compared to the pristine and protected ACE Basin.

Katie Ellis

Katie ( graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Biological Systems Engineering and concentration in Land and Water Resource Engineering. After undergrad, she worked at a consulting engineering firm in Bluffton, SC and most recently as a coauthor of Low Impact Development in Coastal South Carolina: A Planning and Design Guide. Outside of work and school, Katie is a certified Master Gardener and Master Naturalist through Clemson Extension, and is currently serving as President of the Lowcountry chapter of the South Carolina Native Plant Society. She lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, 20 month old daughter, and two dogs! Katie's thesis work involves studying the hydrology of tidal creeks in the Ashley Harbor and ACE Basin, in order to try to understand how the flow of water may impact the delivery of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and potentially elicit a biological response (algal bloom). Her field days involve measuring discharge of these creeks using an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP), which is mounted to a float and guided along a transect of the creek's cross-section using either a kayak or motorized boat. She is hoping to find mathematical expressions that relate discharge to stage and time.

Sean Dove

Sean ( graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Marine Science. He is a current dual-degree student and  the graduate assistant at the Garden on Dixie Plantation. Sean is passionate about scuba diving, photography and using social media to educate the public about environmental concerns and how the public can get involved in conservation and sustainable movements. He previously studied in the Galapagos looking at international conservation issues.

Alex Smith

Alex ( has always been interested in land conservation after going on many hikes and camping trips all over the country as a kid. This played a part when he decided to attend Virginia Tech's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program as an undergraduate. Later, he chose the College of Charleston's Master of Environmental Studies and Certificate in Urban & Regional Planning programs because of the diversity in the curriculum and beautiful coastal location of the College. Alex was able to acquire an internship with the East Cooper Land Trust, a local non-profit dedicated to conserving urban open space. There, he has gained valuable real-world experience while working with the land trust alongside taking a full-time graduate class schedule. The MES program gave him a renewed interest in GIS and all of its applications. Alex selected Dr. Norm Levine to be his academic advisor; as he applied and received a federal grant that funds the creation of a Connected Land Conservation Plan for the local East Cooper region, a project that relies heavily on GIS. Alex is currently working on this internship project as he pursue his interests in GIS applications, land conservation, and regional planning.

Tyler Hassig

Tyler ( was a Peace Corps Masters International student and started the MES program in 2012. He spent two years in the Philippines. While abroad, Tyler designed and conducted a thesis study assessing Marine Protected Areas. His project is entitled: Evaluating and Comparing the Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a Community Based Coastal Resource Management (CBCRM) Tool: Measuring changes in local livelihood and ecosystem health in three community managed MPAs on Guimaras. Data collection for this study involved a combination of community perception surveys, coral assessments, and the MPA MEAT- (Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool) in three Marine Protected Areas. The goal of his findings is to provide feedback for each fisher-folk association to increase the management effectiveness and sustainability of their MPAs.

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Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: (843) 953-2000
Fax: (843) 953-2001

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