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Kristen Marshall Mattson

Environmental Educator
Kristen joined the LowCountry Institute in August 2008. She assists with educational programs for students, teachers, and Beaufort County residents, co-teaches the Master Naturalist program, and cares for the many critters in LCI’s live animal collection.  Kristen received bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Spanish from Stetson University in 2005, and went on to study at the University of Florida where she received a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology in 2006.  After graduation, she spent 2 years teaching biology at Coastal Carolina Community College in North Carolina before joining the LCI team.

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Lisa Gravil

Lisa Gravil

Administrative Assistant

Lisa started working for the LowCountry Institute in September 2000. She has lived in the low country since 1976. Prior to coming to Spring Island, she was administrative assistant for the Environmental, Health and Safety Department at International Paper for 5 years. She also worked for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and was the Office Manager/Certified Dental Assistant for Dr. James E. Newman in Fairfax, South Carolina for 17 years. (Pictured with her dog Dixie).

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Chris Marsh

Dr. Chris Marsh

Executive Director

Dr. Marsh has been Executive Director of LCI since its inception in 1998.  He works extensively with municipal governments in the area to help improve water quality, land conservation practices, and management of lands in addition to teaching the Master Naturalist programs and working with local teachers and students.  Prior to moving to the Lowcountry, Dr. Marsh was a biology professor at Coastal Carolina University where he taught ornithology, ecology, and animal behavior. While at Coastal Carolina he also served as a regional director of a statewide program to improve math and science education in South Carolina. He has over 10 years of experience as an environmental consultant and has worked with the SC Department of Natural Resources on coastal shorebird populations.

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Tony Mills

Tony Mills

Education Director

Tony’s duties include co-teaching the Master Naturalist program, producing educational programs for local schools, and leading field trips and teacher workshops.  He writes a newspaper column on plants and animals of the Lowcountry and co-wrote the book “Lizards and Crocodilians of the Southeast” (UGA press June 2009).  Prior to arriving at the LowCountry Institute, Tony was the educational outreach program coordinator for the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.  Although Tony spends a major portion of his time teaching and writing, he continues his extensive fieldwork with animals and plants of the southeast.  Past research trips have taken him on excursions into the jungles of Mexico and Costa Rica to conduct studies on snakes and lizards and into the Everglades of South Florida to collect introduced pythons and endangered crocodiles.

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