Dr. Melissa Ranhofer came to Furman in 2009 after finishing her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is an adjunct professor for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and uses her background in the fields of geology, environmental science, and marine science to teach three courses: Earth Systems (EES 110),Earth and the Silver Screen (EES 111) and Environmental Science (EES 112). Her current research involves assessing the threat of invasive/non-indigenous species in Greenville County, phytoplankton ecology, and nutrient cycling in aquatic environments. She is a member of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (A.S.L.O.), the American Geophysical Union (A.G.U.), and the Carolina Geological Society.