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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences

Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson


Biography. Education and 
Research Experience

Current Research  

Funded Grants 

Teaching and Advising

Meet the Lab (2015): Victoria Garefino (above), Emily Palmer, Kelly McCabe, Meryssa Downer, Blaire Umhau, Shep Schroer, Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Sunny Shi, Daniel Wade, Doug Bell & Billy Moore (above)

Mentoring and Outreach 

Awards and 
Fellowships Received 


Invited Talks

Interested in Marine Science? Check out these websites:

USC Marine Science Program

Women in Oceanography

Minorities in Aquatic Sciences


Marine Science Program & Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences
University of South Carolina
EWS 408, 701 Sumter St.
Columbia, SC 29208

Email: cbnelson at
Phone: (803) 777-0018
Fax: (803) 777-6610


Meet the Lab (2013): Doug Bell, Drew Kelly, Wendy Plessinger, Meryssa Downer, Annie Opseth,
Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Billy Moore, Eric Tappa, & Mariela Monge (who overslept that day!)


Meet the Lab (2012): Back Row: Billy Moore (in China), Mariela Monge, Annie Opseth,
Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Xiayan Ye, Erin McParland (with Cocky); Front Row: Meryssa Downer,
Melissa Bennett, Wendy Plessinger, Sharmila Pal, and Eric Tappa

Meet the Lab (2011): Back Row: Eric Tappa, Chris Burrell, Annie Opseth. 
Middle Row: Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Sharmila Pal.
Front Row: Melissa Bennett, Wendy Plessinger, Billy Moore, Erin McParland Not Pictured (Clarissa Anderson). 



Meet the Lab (Jan 2010): Melissa Bennett, Chris Burrell, Sharmila Pal, Claudia Benitez-Nelson,
Emily Sekula Wood, Wendy Plessinger, Eric Tappa (Not pictured: Billy Moore). 

Meet the group (Dec 2008): Gabrielle Lyons, Renee Styles, Suzanne Dubois, Melanie Irwin,
Billy Moore, and Susan Herron (Emily was at Exxon.....)!

Meet the group (Dec. 2007): Meet the students: Emily Sekula, Gabrielle Lyons,
Suzanne Dubois, and Susan Herron. Susan wins first place at Discovery Day 2007 (and a Magellan)!

Meet the group (Dec. 2006): Kanchan Maiti, Emily Sekula, Renee Styles, Susan Herron,
Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Suzanne Dubois, Gabbi Lyons (and the kids). Melanie Irwin and Billy Moore not pictured. 


The lab in December 2005


The Lab in June 2005


The Lab in May 2004 (CBN & RMS are both pregnant!)



The Lab in July 2003


The Lab in September 2002