James T. Morris

Director, Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
University of South Carolina
Professor of Biological and Marine Sciences
Class of '32 Distinguished Professor of Marine Studies
Ph.D. 1979, Yale University
Wetland/Estuarine Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Biogeomorphology, Theoretical Ecology and Modeling
803-7775288  morris@inlet.geol.sc.edu


This photo was taken from Oyster Landing, one of our study sites within North Inlet estuary. The nearby Baruch Institute field laboratory is an outstanding resource available to researchers.

This site highlights some of the research activities in my laboratory. My research spans the basic and applied aspects of the physiological ecology of plants adapted to wetland habitats and the biogeochemistry and systems ecology of wetlands, primarily salt and freshwater intertidal wetlands. We take an approach that combines field work, analytical chemistry, and numerical modeling. More recently I have developed a passion for biogeomorphology.  A list of publications can be found in my Curriculum Vitae.

  check out the interactive version of the salt marsh model MEM  

Current Research Projects 

NSF: Long-Term Studies of Salt Marsh Primary Production

NSF: Plum Island Sound Long-Term Ecological Research

NOAA: Responses to changing sea level

This is a view of the our laboratory, located in the Sumwalt building.