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Gene Eidson is Professor of Biological Sciences at Clemson University and the director of the Institute of Computational Ecology and the Urban Ecology Center. 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 a 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 teaches restoration ecology courses at Clemson and 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. In addition, Dr. Eidson developed the restoration plans for the North Augusta Brick Pond Park and served as PI for the Sand River Ecological Restoration Master Plan in Aiken, SC.
Eidson earned a B.S. in biology from USC-Columbia and the M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Clemson University.
Current key projects include Intelligent River®, Intelligent Farm™, Intelligent Forest™, Intelligent City™, Aiken Green Infrastructure, City of Aiken Stormwater Hydrological Assessment, and Charleston Vertical Farm.