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Keith Walters

Department of Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University

Address: Conway, South Carolina
Phone: 843.349.2477


Ph.D., 1987, University of South Florida
M.S., 1977, Florida State University

Research Interests

  • marine ecology
  • habitat restoration
  • marine snow dynamics
  • plant-animal interactions
  • meiofauna
  • oyster reefs

Current and planned research projects

  • effects of terrestrial boundary development on high-marsh communities
  • site selection criteria and success metrics for oyster reef restoration projects
  • predation effects on salt marsh invertebrate populations


  • Noe, Z., J. Selman, J. J. Hutchens, K. Walters, J. O. Luken and K. S. Godwin. 2014. Effects of shoreline development on composition and physical structure of plants in a South Carolina high marsh. Estuaries and Coasts 37:56-66.
  • Knights, A.M., L. B. Firth and K. Walters. 2012. Interactions between multiple recruitment drivers: post-settlement predation mortality and flow-mediated recruitment. PLoS ONE 7: e35096 (8 pgs.).
  • Walters, K., J.J. Hutchens, E.T. Koepfler, and J.O. Luken. 2010. Local-scale characteristics of high-marsh communities next to developed and undeveloped shorelines in an ocean-dominated estuary, Murrells Inlet, SC. Aquatic Sciences 72: 309-324.
  • Knights, A.M. and K. Walters. 2010. Recruit-recruit interactions, density-dependent processes and population persistence in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. Marine Ecology Progress Series 404: 79-90.
  • Hillard, R. and K. Walters. 2009. Prevalence, patterns and effects of shell damage on Geukensia demissa in South Carolina estuarine habitats. Marine Biology. 156: 2149-2160.
  • Walters, K. 2009. Integrating structural and functional metrics to assess the early success of salt marsh restoration. In: G.H. Pardue and T.K. Olvera eds., Ecological Restoration, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY. pp. 111-139.
  • Luken, J.O. and K. Walters. 2009. Management of plant invaders within a marsh: an organizing principle for ecological restoration? In: Indergit, ed., Management of Non-Native Plant Species, Springer. pp. 61-76.
  • Coen, L., K. Walters, D. Wilber and N. Hadley. 2007. A South Carolina Sea Grant Report of a 2004 workshop to examine and evaluate oyster restoration metrics to assess ecological function, sustainability and success: Results and related information.
  • Hutchens, J. and K. Walters. 2006. Gastropod abundance and biomass relationships with salt marsh vegetation within ocean-dominated South Carolina, USA estuaries. Journal Shellfish Research 25: 947-953.
  • Walters, K. and L. Coen. 2006. Approaches to analyzing community compositional change over ecological time: examples from natural and constructed intertidal oyster reefs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 330: 81-95.