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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Conservation Biology

Studies of threats to biodiversity and of preservation of diversity at organizational levels from the landscape to genetics. Faculty are actively involved in research on conservation genetics, behavioral ecology as it relates to conservation, invasive species, and the dynamics of small populations.

Conservation Biology Faculty

Carol Boggs

Carol Boggs

We focus on evolutionary, functional and behavioral ecology, with applications to conservation and environmental issues. The major question is how environmental change and variation affect life history traits, population structure and dynamics, and species interactions over ecological and evolutionary time. Environments vary on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Additionally, both the abiotic and biotic components of the environment may vary, for example in cases of species' invasions.

W. Joe Jones

W. Joe Jones

Past Director of the UofSC Genomics facility, Joe Jones's research has focused on conservation genetics, genetic connectivity, and genetics of rare populations (especially in fish and plankton); molecular phylogenetics and ecology, microbial ecology, natural history, and technology development. As the Faculty Principal of Green Quad, his most recent work connects this expertise to undergraduate and graduate hands-on learning experiences in aquaponics and heritage landrace propagation.

John A. Kupfer

John A. Kupfer

Biogeography, landscape ecology, public land and water management, spatial analysis

Rudy Mancke

Rudy Mancke

Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began it's long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. The National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America have honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards.

Timothy Mousseau

Timothy Mousseau

Mousseau and his students have worked on a wide diversity of organisms, from bacteria to beetles to birds, and his primary areas of research interest include the genetic basis of adaptive variation, and the evolution of maternal effects. Since 1999, Professor Mousseau and his collaborators have explored the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the radioactive contaminants affecting populations of birds, insects and people inhabiting the Chernobyl region of Ukraine, and more recently, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

David Shelley

David Shelley

Dr. David Shelley, is the supervising Education Officer for Congaree National Park. His own specialties include Fluvial Geomorphology, Southeastern Geology, Watershed Studies, Science Communication, and non-professional science educator training.