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Bruce C. Coull

Title: Distinguished Professor and Dean
Department: Earth Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: James F. Byrnes, Room 432
Resources: My Website
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


During the course of his career, Dr. Bruce Coull assumed a leadership role in developing a comprehensive approach to environmental studies in higher education on the regional, state, and national level. Dr. Coull received his B.S. from Moravian College in 1964, earned his Ph.D. at Lehigh University in 1968 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University’s marine laboratory in Beaufort, NC in 1970. He was assistant professor at Clark University before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1973, where he later became a Carolina Distinguished Professor and served as Dean of the School of the Environment from 1996-2006.  Dr. Coull was a senior Fulbright Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 1981 and a visiting professor in Marine Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 1994.  Author of 166 scientific papers on marine ecology and sustainability in higher education and editor of four books, much of his research has focused on copepods, microscopic crustaceans that are the base of the food chain for most coastal systems and other parts of the ocean. Dr. Coull led USC to approach environmental issues through multidisciplinary research, education and community outreach. He headed the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative, a multi-university project that educates about frugal use of earth’s limited resources. He also led USC’s environmental efforts in the Ukraine related to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. From 2005-2007 he was president of the United States Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, and has served on multiple national review teams, consulted for the European Community on marine pollution, and chaired several national and international professional societies. In his professor emeritus status, he directs a USC research project sponsored by the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature to effect sensible use of resources in the South Carolina in general,  and particularly in South Carolina faith communities.


  • Environmental Humanities
  • Marine Ecology and Evolution
  • Society, Policy & Environment
  • Sustainability