Lowcountry Living: A Sustainable Lifestyle on a Dynamic Coast

Trees dripping with Spanish moss, the salty smell of the marsh, and oysters peeking out in low tide. These are just a few of the things that are quintessentially Lowcountry. The Lowcountry is technically defined as a low lying region, from the coastline to upstream regions where rivers begin to feed estuaries. But more often the Lowcountry is primarily known to be southern coastal plain of South Carolina. Shaped by it’s past of slave based rich agriculture and sub-tropical climate, the region today boosts historic cities and communities that have a strong sense of both historical and environmental preservation.

Emily graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, majoring in Conservation Biology and minoring in marketing. Her past experience includes interning at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, where she aided in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals and sea turtles off the coast of Long Island, New York. She also gained experience in research and science communication through her work at the College of Charleston, where she studied the effects of ocean acidification on sea urchins and their genetic resilience. Currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management concentrating in Coastal Environmental Management, her interests lie in coastal and marine spatial planning, coastal tourism and development, and coastline agriculture.