View some of Oceanica's many projects, past and present!

CofC geology faculty and students assisted Charleston County Parks and Recreation with documenting the
results of the 2013 renourishment of the Folly Beach County Park renourishment project. View aerial images
beach survey results, and photo galleries of this 2-year study.

BEAMS: CofC's Seafloor
Mapping Program

Multibeam sonar seafloor mapping
cruises and research conducted
by CofC undergrads.
(These pages are under major expansion and re-construction!)

Transect Program
Shipboard Operations
12 CofC undergraduates
sailed on a 5-day research cruise,
collecting samples and data
using oceanographic instruments.

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Aerial Photo Galleries
Dynamic changes along SC's
barrier islands are documented
from the air, using low altitude
images collected since 2001.

Transect Program Video Gallery
50 video clips of organisms
viewed on the seafloor
and in the lab.

Mapping the Continental Slope
A team of CofC students joined the
US Geological Survey aboard the
NOAA Ship Ronald Brown to map
from Cape Hatteras to Nova Scotia.

The GUSTO Program: Gulf Stream Oceanography
The GUSTO Program took 16 students from Charleston to Bermuda to Woods Hole. In this 5-week program, students learned oceanography and conducted research at sea.

Gray's Reef Video Gallery
View beautiful video of this
National Marine Sanctuary,
located off the Georgia coast.

Of Sand and Sea
A marine science mini-text (pdf)
by Paula Keener-Chavis
and Leslie Sautter, published by the
SC Sea Grant Consortium.


Exploring Plate Tectonics
This suite of hands-on activities created
by Dr. Leslie Sautter helps students of
all ages understand the basics of the
Plate Tectonics Theory.

Charleston Bump Echinoderms
View rare and common species of sea stars, urchins and more.

Continental Shelf Echinoderms
Many species of seastars, brittle stars
and other members of the "spiny skin" Phylum Echinodermata live off our coast.

Mollusks of San Salvador
More than 80 species of bivalves,
gastropods and limpets fill this
taxonomic gallery.

Project Oceanica's goal is to integrate education with oceanographic research and exploration, and to develop educational resources and programs available to college and high school students, as well as to K-12 educators. Project Oceanica was established in August, 2001 with initial support from the NOAA Ocean ServiceCoastal Services Center. Currently, Oceanica receives funding from a variety of sources and is housed within the College of Charleston's Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences.