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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/Evolutionary Biology and Department Chair
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

Mercer R. Brugler, Ph.D. Mercer R. Brugler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Marine Biology
Ph: 843-521-4166 • Email: mbrugler@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. Environmental and Evolutionary - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
• M.S. Marine Biology - College of Charleston’s Grice Marine Laboratory of South Carolina
• B.S. Marine Biology - University of Miami, Florida

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.

Associate 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

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

Daniel (Tye) Pettay, Ph. D. Daniel (Tye) Pettay, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, Biological Oceanography
Ph: 843-521-4315 • Email: dpettay@uscb.eduVisit Website

• Ph.D. in Biology 2011 - The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
• M.S. in Marine Biology 2006- College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
• B.S. in Biological Sciences 2000 - Clemson University, Clemson, SC

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

Joseph L. Staton, Ph.D. Joseph L. Staton, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics
Ph: 843-208-8105 • Email: 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