Gene W. Eidson, Ph.D.

Gene Eidson: Professor, Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Applied Ecology

Email: geidson@clemson.edu
Phone: (864) 710-0882

Director, Institute of Computational Ecology
Director, Urban Ecology Center

Degrees held:

B.S., Biology, University of South Carolina (1972)
M.S., Zoology, Clemson University (1975)
Ph.D., Zoology, Clemson University (1990)      

Responsibilities:

Gene Eidson is Professor of Biological Sciences at Clemson University and the director of the Institute of Computational Ecology and the Urban Ecology Center (located in Aiken). He leads the environmental efforts of the Clemson University Restoration Institute and is founding director of the EPA-designated Center for Watershed Excellence. Dr. Eidson is Principal Investigator of the SmartState® Centers of Economic Excellence in Sustainable Development and Urban Ecology & Restoration. He is Principal Investigator of the Intelligent River® Research Enterprise, Clemson University’s largest interdisciplinary research program.  He is recognized nationally as an expert in community-based engagement and environmental programming. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology.

Eidson is founder and former president and CEO of Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational institute headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. He led restoration of a 3,000-acre floodplain swamp to establish the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and the Center for Urban River Research in Augusta. He also led restoration of the 2,000-acre closed Kennecott-Ridgeway Gold Mine in Ridgeway, S.C. Both sites include education and research facilities that support K-12 education, undergraduate and graduate research, and public outreach. 
Eidson earned a B.S. in biology from USC-Columbia and the M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Clemson University.

Current key programs and projects include the Intelligent River® Research Enterprise, the Aiken Hydrological Evaluation Project and the S.C. Water Resources Conference.

Recent Research:

Recent major research projects developed by Dr. Eidson where he serves as principal scientist include:

  • (1996 – 2005) ecological assessment, feasibility study, two-year pilot study, and design optimization study leading to construction and operation of a 650 acre created wetland system for advanced wastewater treatment for the City of Augusta, GA
  • (1999-ongoing) ecological remediation research program for Kennecott-Ridgeway Gold Mine in South Carolina focused on wetland creation and pit lake limnology;
  • (1999-ongoing) 350-acre Savannah River floodplain bottomland hardwood, lake, and river scar restoration project; and the multi-year (2005 – 2008) two-state public-private partnership funded Savannah River at Risk Initiative™ which also is supported by an EPA targeted watershed grant.

Presentations

Eidson, G.W., Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence, Proceedings of the 2008 South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Charleston Area Convention Center, Gene W. Eidson, and Calvin B. Sawyer, editors, Clemson University Restoration Institute, South Carolina.

Flite, O.P, G.W. Eidson, Preliminary Data from a Comprehensive Savannah River Study: The First Six Months, Proceedings of the 2007 Georgia Water Resources Conference, University of Georgia, Kathryn J. Hatcher, editor, Institute of Ecology, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Eidson, G.W. and O.P. Flite. 2005. Multi-Year Research on the Use of Constructed Wetlands for Advanced  Wastewater Treatment, Proceedings of the 2005 Georgia Water Resources Conference, University of Georgia, Kathryn J. Hatcher, editor, Institute of Ecology, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Eidson, G.W. and O.P. Flite. 2005. Multi-Year Research Comparison of Two Designs of Constructed Wetlands for Advanced Wastewater Treatment, Proceedings of the 2005 Wetland Society of America Conference, Charleston, SC.

Flite, O.P, G.W. Eidson, and J.E. Schindler. 2005. Developing a Model for the Physical, Chemical, and Biological Parameters Driving Pit Lake Development, Proceedings of the 2005 American Ecological Engineering Society Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Flite, O.P., G.W. Eidson, and J.E. Schindler. 2005. Physical, Chemical, and Biological Parameters Driving Pit Lake Development, Proceedings of the 2005 U.S. EPA Conference on Pit Lakes, Reno, NV.

Flite, O.P., G.W. Eidson, and J.E. Schindler. 2004. A Limnological Approach to Development of Meromictic Pit Lakes, Proceedings of Limnology and Oceanography Summer Meeting, Savannah, GA.

Flite, O.P., G.W. Eidson, and J.E. Schindler. 2003. Impact of Wind: Planning for Sustainable Pit Lakes, Proceedings of Geological Society of America Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.