Meet the Office

Our staff and graduate assistants are committed to making the Graduate Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies the best it can be! We would like to introduce those who work behind the scenes with the Masters of Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and Sustainable Agriculture.

Program Director: Annette Watson


My name is Dr. Watson and I am the Program Director for the Masters of Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. I am here to help students build their program of study, find research opportunities, build a committee, acquire funding, and everything in between. I have been engaged with the EVSS Program since 2008, when I joined the Department of Political Science; in these years I have advised students and served on multiple thesis and internship committees. I teach the core course, Social Science Methods which integrates my specialty of geography and social-ecological resilience. I also work with indigenous groups in Alaska to assess fisheries from the local perspective. 

Program Coordinator: Lucy Davis


My name is Lucy Davis and I am the Program Coordinator for the Masters of Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, which means I am here to help you determine your class schedules, navigate your research projects, apply for funding, and help you make the best out of your graduate experience here at the College! I am also the Coordinator for the Masters of Environmental and Sustainability Studies Student Gardens. I help manage our planting rotations, our education and outreach events, and our collaborations with other Charleston, South Carolina community organizations. I have been affiliated with the Masters of Environmental and Sustainability Studies since 2015 and have been Program Coordinator since February of 2018. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions! My door is always open.

EVSS Office Graduate Assistant: Amanda Namsinh


Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in marine science at the University of South Carolina in 2018. During her undegraduate career, she studied in Dr. Howie Scher's geochemical paleoceanography lab that investigated the radiogenic isotopic composition of deep sea sediments to serve as a paleoclimate record. After graduating, Amanda was employed for a year at the University of South Carolina as a lab manager for Dr. Scher and a teaching assistant for the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment. She enrolled into the EVSS/MPA concurrent program in 2019 to pursue a career in environmental management. Her research interests include coastal science and policy that promotes social, economic, and environmental resilience. 

EVSS Office Graduate Assistant: Emmi Palenbaum


Emmi graduated from High Point University in May of 2020. As an undergraduate, she studied Strategic Communication and English Literature, but always had a passion for the environment and science. Enrolled in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program, she hopes to build on her background in the humanities to bridge the gap between science and public communication. She previously interned with Clearwater Marine Aquarium and is especially interested in marine life and conservation. Outside of the classroom, you can usually find Emmi at the yoga studio, beach, a concert, or coffee shop.