Denise Sanger

Address: SCDNR, Marine Resources Research Institute
Phone: 843.953.9074


Ph.D., 1998, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • estuarine ecology and ecotoxicology
  • impacts of coastal development on estuarine environments
  • stormwater runoff

Current and planned research projects

  • impacts of development on tidal creek ecosystems including water quality, sediment contamination, biological quality, and human health and well-being
  • forecasting the impacts of coastal development on tidal creeks through modeling of stormwater runoff and in situ studies
  • facilitating the integration of information between the scientific community and both regulatory agencies and the general public


  • Sanger D, Blair A, DiDonato G, Washburn T, Jones S, Riekerk G, Wirth E, Stewart J, White D, Vandiver L, Holland AF.  2013.  Impacts of Coastal Development on the Ecology and Human Well-being of Tidal Creek Ecosystems of the US Southeast.  Estuaries and Coasts DOI: 10.1007/s12237-013-9635-y.
  • Blair A, S Lovelace, D Sanger, AF Holland, L Vandiver, S White.  2013.  Exploring Impacts of Development on Climate Change on Stormwater Runoff.  Hydrological Processes DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9840.
  • Washburn, W. and D.M. Sanger.  2013.  Microhabitat Variability of Macrobenthic Organisms within Tidal Creek Systems.  Hydrobiologia 702:15-25.
  • Sanger, D.M., E.M. Smith, G. Voulgaris, E.T. Koepfler, S.M. Libes, G.H.M. Riekerk, D.C. Bergquist, D.I. Greenfield, P.A. Wren, C.A. McCoy, R.F. Viso, R.N. Peterson, and J.D. Whitaker.  2012.  Constrained Enrichment Contributes to Hypoxia Formation in Long Bay, South Carolina (USA), an Open Ocean Urbanized Coastline.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 461:15-30.
  • Garner, TR, JE Weinstein, DM Sanger.  2009.  Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Contamination in South Carolina Salt Marsh-Tidal Creek Systems: Relationships among Sediments, Biota, and Watershed Land Use. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 57(1):103-115.