Center Staff


The Center has the staff with credentials to identify and address the needs of local watershed stakeholders. The Center's offices are housed within the Institute of Computational Ecology located at 230 Kappa Street on campus and operates as a university-wide center, drawing intellectual resources from all five colleges within Clemson University.

Director

As of November 1, 2013, Katie Buckley Giacalone takes over managing the center after serving as statewide coordinator for Carolina Clear. Katie will continue to direct Carolina Clear, which is the watershed-center program for stormwater education and awareness. Katie has been involved in Clemson Public Service Activities natural resource programs since 2008, at Carolina Clear and as an Extension Service associate. She holds an undergraduate degree in marine science and a master's in environmental science, and has specialized in monitoring and mitigating the effects of water pollution and working with communities to address regulatory mandates.

Katie Giacalone
Director, Center for Watershed Excellence
Phone: 864-656-0847
E-mail: kgiacal@clemson.edu

Associate Director

The Center associate director is Calvin Sawyer, Ph.D. Dr. Sawyer has extensive experience in the Clemson University Extension and Public Service Program. In his role as Coastal Environmental Quality Specialist, he investigated and educated individuals about nonpoint source pollution, aquatic nuisance species and toxic algae. In 2003, be began work as the Extension Water Quality Coordinator at Clemson where, among other endeavors, he coordinated development and implementation of numerous water quality programs throughout the state such as Carolina Clear, South Carolina's Certified Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspector (CEPSCI) and Certified Stormwater Plan Reviewer (CSPR). Dr. Sawyer routinely provides water quality and stormwater-related information to various clientele groups, including homeowners, community and government officials, public works and planning staffs, engineers, landscape architects, developers, contractors and other professional decision-makers. He also interacts regularly with colleagues within the USDA Southern Region network, which aligns geographically with the EPA Regions 4 and 6. He currently holds a faculty position in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Dr. Sawyer is a recipient of the Silver Hammer Award from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the Office of the Vice President as well as the 2001 and 2003 AT&T Communications Awards and the 2006 Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service Team Award for Superior Performance.

Calvin Sawyer, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Watershed Excellence
Phone: (864) 656-4072
E-mail: calvins@clemson.edu


Course Coordinator

Michael Griffin is the Course Coordinator for the Center for Watershed Excellence.  Upon completion of a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame, Michael served as an information technology director, database developer, and training coordinator for a small human-services organization. Michael’s graduate work in the College of Charleston’s M.S. in Environmental Studies program focused on coastal-plain hydrology and hydrogeochemistry. His thesis project, for which he was awarded a Geological Society of America research grant, blended field sampling with laboratory analysis of natural ion chemistry to assess groundwater/surface-water interactions and stormwater flow pathways. Michael brings his dual backgrounds in information technology and hydrology to the Center for Watershed Excellence, where he is developing infrastructure for water-resources hybrid course delivery.  In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling, backpacking, hiking, and kayaking.

Michael P. Griffin
Course Coordinator, Center for Watershed Excellence
Phone: (843) 730-5067
mpg@clemson.edu