Freshwater Ecology Complex

Upcoming Events

Public Access

The FEC is working hard to develop areas that can be made available for public use. These developments include hiking trails and public access for fishing. You’re invited to visit our complex and see all that’s happening for yourself! Learn more below.



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.


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.

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


Staff and Faculty

Photo of Jeffrey Steinmetz

Dr. Jeffrey A. Steinmetz

Professor of Biology,
Director of the Freshwater Ecology Center,

Office: MSB 201E
Phone: 843-661-1404

Hal Townsend

Director of Events & Contractual Services

Office: SAB
Phone: 843-661-1273

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

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Dr. Drew B. Gower

Assistant Professor of Biology- Water Resouce Management

Office: MSB 201F
Phone: 843-661-1899

Contact Us


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: