Stephen Borgianini, PhD

Stephen A. Borgianini, PhD

Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Department of Natural Sciences

SCITECH 104, Bluffton (MWF)
Hilton Head Island (T,Th)
Office 204 - Lab 201
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8110
Stephen Borgianini, PhD

I am an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at USCB. I earned my BS in Marine Science from Stockton University, my MS in Biology from Rutgers University, and my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of South Carolina Columbia. My students and I are studying the ecological effects of sea level rise on the long-term viability of coastal habitats. I am especially interested in the effects of enhanced freshwater runoff from developed coastal areas on the structure of the plant and animal communities in the Lowcountry’s unique and vulnerable high-salinity estuaries. Organisms living in high-salinity estuaries of the Sea Island Coastal Region of South Carolina and Georgia are quite susceptible to large, rapid inputs of fresh water. I teach Ecology and Evolution, Conservation Biology, the Biology of Marine Organisms, Marine Ecology and the Ecology of the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.


  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research
PhD University of South Carolina
Department of Biological Sciences, Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology, 2008

MS Rutgers University
Department of Biology, 1984

BS Stockton University
Marine Sciences Department, 1978
  • B101 Biological Principles I
  • B102 Biological Principles II
  • B290 Weekly Seminar in Science
  • B301 Ecology and Evolution
  • B301L Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • B399 Independent Study
  • B460L Gen Physiology Laboratory
  • B471 Conservation Biology
  • B475 Marine Ecology
  • B475L Marine Ecology Laboratory
  • B499 Topics in Biology

  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Coastal conservation
  • Natural history of Crustacea
  • Marine biology