Research Philosophy

We study freshwater ecosystems in the southeastern United States, with an emphasis on the Savannah River basin. These freshwater systems are significant sources of plant and animal habitat, drivers of nutrient transport, and a vital provider of drinking water and industrial water. Work at the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences encompasses river basin ecology, restoration ecology, and water quality research. Our methods are a multi-faceted combination of cutting-edge laboratory analyses, long-term water quality monitoring, and studies on the ecological health of wetland systems.

As a result of our objective scientific data and analysis, our research informs the communities, corporate entities, and cities, as well as state and federal regulators. By gaining a full understanding of the drivers of water quality and freshwater ecology, we can develop solutions to minimize impacts on these important systems. Through our research, we aim to find the necessary balance between a healthy river ecology and the needs of the communities around the Savannah River basin.

To support freshwater research through a donation, or to inquire about a project, contact the Director of Research at 706-396-1425 or email