Welcome to the
Freshwater Ecology Center

The Freshwater Ecology Center was created to respond to freshwater challenges in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina and educate the next generation of natural resource professionals. The Center focuses on research, education and outreach programs related to fisheries, water quality, flooding, biodiversity and invasive species among others.

By training students and working alongside partners such as state agencies and local stakeholder groups, we strive to make a positive impact on freshwater resources in our region of South Carolina.

Classes

The FEC is dedicated to training the next generation of natural resource professionals. To that end, the facility and surrounding property will host a number of FMU classes beginning in Spring 2022. These will include:

  • Intro to Environmental Science
  • Fisheries Science and Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Herpetology
  • Ichthyology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Photography

…and others coming soon!

Working with FMU faculty, students will also have the opportunity to conduct research projects at the facility.

Research

The FEC focuses on issues related to freshwater and ecology in the Pee Dee Region. Current projects include:

Improving Atlantic coast striped bass fishery

PI: Jason Doll (FMU)
Co-PIs: Jason Marsik (DNR) and Jeff Steinmetz (FMU)

Tracking recovery of the Waccamaw River fish community following Hurricane Matthew

PI: Jason Doll (FMU)
Co-PI: Jason Marsik (DNR)

Acoustic biodiversity monitoring

PI: Nathan Harness (FMU)
Co-PI: Jeff Steinmetz (FMU)

Herpetology survey

PI: Jeff Camper (FMU)

Public Outreach & Events

Part of the FEC’s mission is outreach in the Pee Dee. We plan to offer a number of outreach events which will include: class field trips for local schools, summer camps, pond management workshops, World Water Day and Earth Day events, STEAM festivals, and more.

As we develop facilities at the FEC property, we will eventually open up part of the property for public access, which we currently anticipate happening sometime later in 2022 or 2023. This will include a public access hiking trail as well as fishing access 1-2 days per week.

More details will be announced closer to the launch of these facilities.

Staff and Faculty

Briana Aguila

Dr. Briana Aguila

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: LSF 303-F
Phone: 843-661-1447
briana.aguila@fmarion.edu

Jason Doll

Dr. Jason C. Doll

Assistant Professor of Biology
Coordinator of Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Programs

Office: LSF 204I
Phone: 843-661-1481
Jason.Doll@fmarion.edu

Beth Jones

Dr. Elizabeth R. Jones

Assistant Professor of Biology,
Coordinator of Pre-Medical Program,

Office: MSB 201F
Phone: 843-661-1899
Elizabeth.Jones@fmarion.edu

Photo of Jeffrey Steinmetz

Dr. Jeffrey A. Steinmetz

Professor of Biology,
Director of the Freshwater Ecology Center,

Office: MSB 201A
Phone: 843-661-1404
jsteinmetz@fmarion.edu

Hal Townsend

Director of Events and Contractual Services

Office: SAB
Phone: 843-661-1273 Nick.Townsend@fmarion.edu

Contact Us

Address

3742 N. Williston Rd.
Florence, SC 29506

FEC Campus Map

Location description

Near the intersection of I-95 and S.C. 327 (north of the main campus)

Departmental Phone:

843-661-4470