M. Scott Harris

Associate Professor

Address: SSMB 214
Phone: 843.953.0864
E-mail: harriss@cofc.edu


University of Delaware    

Ph.D. in Geology, 2000

University of Virginia         

M.S. in Environmental Science, 1992

College of William and Mary 

B.S. in Geology, 1988

Research Interests

Coastal Plain and Continental Shelf Stratigraphy

Seafloor Mapping

Landscape Evolution


Habitat Delineation

Courses Taught

GEOL 103 Environmental Geology

GEOL 295 Geoarchaeology

GEOL 257 Marine Geology with Lab

GEOL 272 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation with Lab

GEOL 312 Environmental Field Methods

GEOL 399 Tutorial

GEOL 491 Senior Thesis

GEOL 499 Bachelors Essay

EVSS 645  Coastal Issues and Processes

EVSS 680 Case Studies in Environmental Issues

Honors and Awards

2016 Fulbright Scholar, Greece

2009 Best Paper and Presentation. 10th Biannual International Coastal Symposium, Lisboa, Portugal.

2007 Million Dollar Club for external funds brought to the University (former appointment at CCU)

2004 Keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Sciences


Harris, M.S., 2021, Barrier systems along the Georgia Bight, USA: Cape Fear, North Carolina, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, in: McBride, R. et al., 2021, Morphodynamics of Modern and Ancient Barrier Systems: An Updated and Expanded Synthesis, in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, p. 327–331, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-818234-5.00153-X.

Shah, A., Morrow, R., Pace, M., Harris, M., and Doar, W., 2021, Mapping Critical Minerals from the Sky: GSA Today, v. 31, p. 4–10, doi:10.1130/GSATG512A.1.

Anderson, L. and Fish Lake Research Group (includes Harris), 2019, The sediment record from Fish Lake, Utah: new insights on Bonneville Basin hydroclimate and environment and the potential to extend the record through the Pleistocene: The American Quaternary Association, Quaternary Timies p. 8–10. https://www.amqua.org/public/news/Quaternary%20Times_Vol.%2041%20Spring%202019%20part1.pdf

Moore, Christopher R., et al. (with Harris, M.S.), 2019. Sediment Cores from White Pond, South Carolina, Contain a Platinum Anomaly, Pyrogenic Carbon Peak, and Coprophilous Spore Decline at 12.8 Ka. Nature Scientific Reports 9(1). Nature Publishing Group, December 22:15121. http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-51552-8.
Moore, C.R. et al., 2019. Supplementary Information: Sediment Cores from White Pond, South Carolina, contain a Platinum Anomaly, Pyrogenic Carbon Peak, and Coprophilous Spore Decline at 12.8 ka, p. 51. https://static-content.springer.com/esm/art%3A10.1038%2Fs41598-019-51552-8/MediaObjects/41598_2019_51552_MOESM1_ESM.pdf

Harris, M.S., 2018, Paleogeography and Sea Level Positions on the Southeastern U.S. Continental Margin since the LGM, in Goodyear, A.C. and Moore, C.R. eds., Early Human Life on the Southeastern Coastal Plain, Gainsville, University of Florida Press, p. 90–107, http://upf.com/book.asp?id=9781683400349.

Marchetti, D., Anderson, L., Donovan, J.J., Harris, M.S., and Huth, T., 2018, Fish Lake limnology and watershed aqueous geochemistry, Fish Lake Plateau, Utah, in Geofluids of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (USA), Utah Geological Association, UGA Publication Numbered Series, v. 47, p. 55–74, https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70200893.

Wright, E., Kruse, S., Forman, S.L., and Harris, M.S., 2018, Millennial Scale Development of a Southeastern United States Spit: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 34, p. 255–271, doi:10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-16-00005.1.

Ford, B., Sowden, C., Farnsworth, K., Harris, M.S., and Hensen, G.*, 2016, Coastal and inland geologic and geomorphic processes, in Keith, M.E. ed., Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks, University Press of Florida, p. 17–43, https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvx070j5.6.

Harris, M.S., and Neyland, R.S., 2016, Chapter 3. Environmental Context, in H.L. Hunley Recovery Operations, Washington, D.C., Naval History and Heritage Command, p. 138–160, http://public1.nhhcaws.local/research/underwater-archaeology/sites-and-projects/ship-wrecksites/hl-hunley/recovery-report.html.

Harris, M.S., Brown, H.G., and Neyland, R.S., 2016, Chapter 13. Site Analysis, in H.L. Hunley Recovery Operations, Washington, D.C., Naval History and Heritage Command, p. 37–46, http://public1.nhhcaws.local/research/underwater-archaeology/sites-and-projects/ship-wrecksites/hl-hunley/recovery-report.html.

Harris, M. S., Sautter, L. R., Johnson, K. L., Luciano, K. E., Sedberry, G. R., Wright, E. E., & Siuda, A. N. S. (2013). Continental shelf landscapes of the southeastern United States since the last interglacial. Geomorphology, 19. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.02.014 

Pyszka, Kimberly; Hays, Maureen; and Harris, Scott, 2010. The Archaeology of St. Paul’s Parish Church, Hollywood, South Carolina, USA. Journal of the Society for Church Archaeology (UK)

Levine, N.S., Kaufman, C., Katuna, M., Harris, S., Colgan, M., 2009. Folly Beach, SC: an endangered barrier island in: Kelly, J, Endangered Barrier Islands. GSA Special Paper - Penman Series.

Harris, M. Scott; Wright, Eric E.; Fuqua, Lauren; and Tinker, Trent P., 2009. Comparison of Shoreline Erosion Rates Derived from Multiple Data Types: Data Compilation for Legisslated Setback Lines in South Carolina (USA). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 56, pg. 1224-1228. ISSN 0749-0258.

Schwab, W.C.; Gayes, P.T.; Morton, R.A.; Driscoll, N.W.; Baldwin, W.E.; Barnhardt, W.A.; Denny, J.F.; Harris, M. S.; Katuna, M.P.; Putney, T.R.; Voulgaris, G.; Warner, J.C.; and Wright, E.E., 2009. Coastal change along the shore of northeastern South Carolina—The South Carolina Coastal Erosion Study, editor: Walter A. Barnhardt, USGS Circular 1339, 79 pp. (http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/circ1339/)

Harris, M. Scott; Tinker, Trent; and Wright, E., 2007, Online Beach Profile Management and Analysis System (PMAS), Journal of Coastal Research Special Publication 50.

Baldwin, Wayne E.; Morton, Robert A.; Putney*, Thomas R.; Katuna, Michael P.; Harris, M. Scott; Gayes, Paul T.; Driscoll, Neal W.; and Denny, Jane F., 2006. Migration of the Pee Dee river system inferred from ancestral paleochannels underlying the South Carolina Grand Strand and Long Bay Inner Shelf. Geological Society of America Bulletin

Hippensteel, Scott P; Martin, Ronald E; Harris, M Scott, 2005. Records of prehistoric hurricanes on the South Carolina coast based on micropaleontological and sedimentological evidence, with comparison to other Atlantic coast records; discussion. Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol.117, no.1-2, p.250-253.

Harris, M. Scott; Gayes, Paul T.; Kindinger, Jack L.; Flocks, James G.; Krantz, David E.; and Donovan, Patricia, 2005. Quaternary Geomorphology and modern coastal development in response to an inherent geologic framework: and example from Charleston, South Carolina. Journal of Coastal Research, v. 21(1), p.49-64.

Putney, Thomas R; Katuna, Michael P; Harris, M Scott, 2004. Subsurface stratigraphy and geomorphology of the Grand Stand, Georgetown and Horry Counties, South Carolina. Southeastern Geology, vol.42, no.4, p.217-236.