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William Conner

Assistant Director
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Georgetown SC
Phone: 843-546-6323
Fax: 843-546-6296

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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Forestry
Louisiana State University 1988

M.S. Marine Science
Louisiana State University 1975

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 1973

 Courses Taught

Forested Wetland Ecology


1. Outstanding Dissertation in the LSU College of Agriculture in 1989.
2. The Taking Wing Award: awarded by USDA Forest Service for Collaborative Research of Iatt Creek Ecosystem in 2000.
3. The Clemson University Board of Trustees 2000 Award for Faculty Excellence.
4. Natural Resouces Graduate Student Association 2016 Teacher of the Year.
4. Served on Louisiana Governor’s Coastal Wetland Forest Conservation and Use Science Working Group member (2004-2005); Work that is widely recognized as being important and becoming an important contribution to changing the way the Southern U.S. manages and conserves cypress and tupelo forests.
5. Garnered over $2.8 million in research grants and contracts as PI or Co-PI.
6. Authored or edited 2 books, 1 special issue of Wetland Ecology and Management, 14 book chapters; 76 refereed journal papers; and 78 other scientific papers and reports; given 249 presentations as presenter or co-author.
7. Served as Associate Editor of Wetlands (journal) 1996-1998.
8. Chaired, co-chaired, organized or officer in over 39 organizations; including Program committee for Wetland Restoration: Addressing Asian Issues Through International Collaboration (2002 in Nanjing, China) and Organizer and Chair of Symposium on Effect of Climate and Sea Level Changes on Coastal Wetlands (Cairns, Australia 2006).
9. Major Professor for seven Ph.D. students, four M.S. students and served on 21 other student committees.
10. Fellow, Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) (elected 2007)
11. Secretary-General SWS 2008-2011
12. Member of SWS, Society for Ecological Restoration, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Estuarine Federation, Southern Appalachian Botany Society, South Carolina Academy of Sciences, Tree Ring Society
13. Clemson University’s Highest Agricultural Honor, the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research (2010)
14. LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Alumnus of the Year (2010)
15. Selected as Fellow of the Clemson University Institute for Parks (2012)
16. SWS President’s Service Award (2013)

 Research Interests

Fresh and Salt Water Forested Wetlands, Wetland Management, Wetland Creation and Restoration, Effects of Man and Nature on Natural Environments, Dendrochronology, Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment, Estuarine/Upland Connections, Changing Land-Use Impacts on Natural Systems, Historical Ecology


Lockaby, B.G., W.H. Conner, and J. Mitchell. 2008. Floodplains. Pages 1616-1626 In S.E Jorgensen and B. Fath (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ecology. Elsevier, Oxford.

Krauss, K.W., T.W. Doyle, T.J. Doyle, C.M. Swarzenski, A.S. From, R.H. Day, and W.H. Conner. 2009. Water levels observations in mangrove swamps during two hurricanes in Florida. Wetlands 29(1):142-149.

Krauss, K.W., J.A. Duberstein, T.W. Doyle, W.H. Conner, R.H. Day, L.W. Inabinette, and J.L. Whitbeck. 2009. Site condition, structure, and growth of baldcypress along tidal/non-tidal salinity gradients. Wetlands 29(2):505-519.

Duberstein, J.A. and W.H. Conner. 2009. Use of hummocks and hollows by trees in tidal freshwater forested wetlands along the Savannah River. Forest Ecology and Management 258:1613-1618.

Doyle, T.W., K.W. Krauss, W.H. Conner, and A.S. From. 2010. Predicting the retreat and migration of tidal forests along the northern Gulf of Mexico under sea level rise. Forest Ecology and Management 259:770-777.

Keim, R.F., T.J. Dean, J.L. Chambers, and W.H. Conner. 2010. Stand density relationships in baldcypress. Forest Science 56(4):336-343.

Conner, W. H., B. Song, T.M. Williams, and J.T. Vernon. 2011. Community structure and aboveground productivity in a longleaf pine-swamp blackgum forest drainage, South Carolina, USA. Journal of Plant Ecology 4: 67–76.

Conner, W.H., K.W. Krauss, and G.P. Shaffer. 2012. Restoring coastal freshwater forested wetlands following severe hurricanes. Pages 423-442 In J. Stanturf, D. Lamb, and P. Madsen, eds. A Goal-Oriented Approach to Forest Landscape Restoration. World Forests 16, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5338-9_16, Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht.

Jones, S.G., W.H. Conner, B. Song, D. Gordon, and A. Jayakaran. 2012. Comparing spatio-temporal clusters of arthropod-borne infections using administrative medical claims and state reported surveillance data. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 3:205-213.

Jones, S.G., S. Coulter, and W.H. Conner. 2012. Using administrative medical claims data to supplement state disease registry systems for reporting zoonotic infections. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, DOI:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-000948. Online 18 July 2012.

Jones, S.G., W.H. Conner, and B. Song. 2012. Spatially explicit non-linear models for explaining the occurrence of infectious zoonotic diseases. ISRN Biomathematics, vol. 2012, Article ID 132342, 12 pages. doi:10.5402/2012/132342.

Chow, A.T., J. Dai, W.H. Conner, D.R. Hitchcock, and J. Wang. 2013. Dissolved organic matter and nutrient dynamics of a coastal freshwater forested wetland in Winyah Bay, South Carolina. Biogeochemistry 112(1):571-587.

Conner, W.H. and J.A. Cherry. 2013. Plant productivity – bottomland hardwood forests. Pages 225-242. In: DeLaune, R.D., K.R. Reddy, C.J. Richardson, and P. Megonigal (eds.), Methods in Biogeochemistry of Wetlands. Soil Science Society of America, Inc., Madison, WI.

Cormier, N., K.W. Krauss, and W.H. Conner. 2013. Periodicity in stem growth and litterfall in tidal freshwater forested wetlands: influence of salinity and drought on nitrogen recycling. Estuaries and Coasts 36:533–546.

Duberstein, J.A., K.W. Krauss, W.H. Conner, W.C. Bridges, Jr., and V.B. Shelburne. 2013. Do hummocks provide a physiological advantage to even the most flood tolerant of tidal freshwater trees? Wetlands 33:399-408.

Noe, G.B., K.W. Krauss, B.G. Lockaby, W.H. Conner, C.R. Hupp. 2013. The effect of increasing salinity and forest mortality on soil nitrogen and phosphorus mineralization in tidal freshwater forested wetlands. Biogeochemistry 114:225–244.

Euliss, N.H., Jr., M.M. Brinson, D.M. Mushet, L.M. Smith, W.H. Conner, V.R. Burkett, D.A. Wilcox, M.W. Hester, and H. Zheng. 2013. Ecosystem services: developing sustainable management paradigms based on wetland functions and processes. Pages 181-227. In: Anderson, J.T. and C.A. Davis (eds.), Wetland Techniques: Volume 3: Applications and Management. Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht.

deGravelles, W.W., S. Hutchinson, and W.H. Conner. 2014. Suppressed baldcypress growth response to artificial canopy gap creation in a North Carolina, USA Swamp. Wetlands 34:79–87.

Duberstein, J.A., W.H. Conner, and K.W. Krauss. 2014. Woody vegetation communities of tidal freshwater swamps in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (US) with comparisons to similar systems in the US and South America. Journal of Vegetation Science 25:848-862.

Conner, W.H., J.A. Duberstein, J.W. Day, Jr., and S. Hutchinson. 2014. Impacts of changing hydrology and hurricanes along a flooding/elevation gradient in a south Louisiana forested wetland from 1986-2009. Wetlands 34(5):803-814. (DOI) 10.1007/s13157-014-0543-0.

Conner, W.H., K.W. Krauss, A.H. Baldwin, and S. Hutchinson. 2014. Wetlands: Tidal. Pages 575-588. In: Encyclopedia of Natural Resources: Land. Taylor and Francis: NY, Published online: 21 Oct 2014.

Dai, J., J. Wang, A.T. Chow, and W.H. Conner. 2015. Electrical energy production from forest detritus in a forested wetland using microbial fuel cells. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 7:244–252.

Krauss, K.W., J.A. Duberstein, and W.H. Conner. 2015. Assessing stand water use in four coastal swamp forests under different settings using sapflow techniques. Hydrological Processes 29:112-127.


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