1. M.Scott Harris, Ph.D.

Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

College of CHarleston

As a faculty member in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the College of Charleston, my primary responsibilities focus on teaching, research, and service.  My teaching ranges from Freshman courses, core geology curricula, and graduate classes.  Research takes me around the planet, ranging from several hundred meters below sea level to over three-thousand meters above the tides.  Utilizing an array of remote sensing techniques such as ground penetrating radar, sidescan sonar, multibeam bathymetry, and chirp subbotom profiling, my goal is to understand the landscape and stratigraphic evolution of coastal plains and continental shelves.  Because climate is an important factor in understanding changes in our coastal regions, you will often find me on archaeological sites picking millimeter by millimeter through the sediments to understand the detailed history of a specific area, using high-resolution GPS to monitor our coasts, or developing databases to organize the large amount of data now available to geoscientists.

M. Scott Harris, Ph.D.


843.953.0864 (o)

Some Recent Photos

Research Projects

Geology of the Capers Inlet region

South Carolina geomorphology

Shoreline dynamics and profile changes in South Carolina

Computer techniques for analyzing spatial and temporal data sets

Habitat delineation and seafloor mapping in the U.S. Southeast

Fish Lake (original name, I know)


About Me

Sharon (CofC ’09) and Katie (CofC ’10) collecting geophysical data on the Ashley River.