Mitchell. W. Colgan

Associate Professor

Address: SSMB 252



University of California, Santa Cruz, California

Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, 1990


University of Guam, Mangilao

M.S. Biology

Research Interests

Environmental Geology

Coral Reefs

Remote Sensing

El Nino

Charles Darwin

Earth System Science

Galapagos Islands

Courses Taught

GEOL 105 Earth History

GEOL 272/272L Stratigraphy/Sedimentation and Lab

GEOL 288 Global Change: A Geological Perspective

GEOL 320 Earth Resources (co-taught with Dr. Nusbaum)

GEOL 360 Field Studies

HONS 156 Honors Geology II

EVSS 640 Earth System Science

GEOL 205 Environmental Geology (no longer taught)

Honors and Awards

College of Charleston, Distinguished Service Award, 2012

College of Charleston, School of Sciences and Mathematics, Gordon E. Jones Distinguished Acheivement Award, 2010

College of Charleston, School of Sciences and Mathematics, Distinguished Acheivement Award, 1994


Glynn, P.W., Feingold, J.S., Baker, A.C., Banks, S., Baums, I.B., Cole, J., Colgan, M.W., ... Vera-Zambrano, M. 2018. State of corals and coral reefs of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador): Past, present and future. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133: 717-733.

Glynn, P.W., Mones, A.B., Podesta, G.P., COlbert, A. and Colgan, M.W. 2017. El Nino-Southern Oscillation: Effects on Eastern Pacific Coral Reefs and Associated Biota. Coral Reefs of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, 251-290.

Treml, E. and Colgan, M. W. 1997. Using GIS in studying the landscape ecology of coral reefs:example from St. John, USVI. ESRI user conference.

Treml, E. and Colgan, M. W. 1996. Hurricane disturbance and coral reef development: 501 years of hurricane data from the Lesser Antilles. Eighth International Coral Reef Symposium.

Dunbar, R. B., Wellington, G., Colgan M. W., Glynn, P. W., 1994. Eastern Pacific climate variability since 1600 A. D.: Stable Isotopes in Galapagos Corals, Paleooceanography.