About Us

The Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science is located on the Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000 acre tract of undeveloped land along the Waccamaw Neck. In 1718 the land became a colonial land grant and was sold to be further subdivided into plantations. These plantations were profitable in the production of rice until beginning of the 20th century.

The facilities at Baruch provides Clemson with unique research opportunities in a coastal environment with high salinity estuary marshes, brackish water, and freshwater swamps. Topics of research deal with issues such as environmental impacts for changing land use patterns, coastal resource conservation, maintaining water quality, and forest and watershed management. The researchers provide information about these studies to the public and policy makers to aid in making decisions about land use and urban growth. 

main building at Clemson University's Brauch Institute
Aerial view of the main building on Clemson University's Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science.

aerial of the coastline at Clemson University's Brauch Institute
Aerial view of the South Carolina coastline.

Hobcaw House at Clemson University's Brauch Institute
Hobcaw House overlooking the Waccamaw River.