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Michael J. Auerbach

Dean, School of Science and Mathematics

Michael Auerbach

Office Address
202 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: 843.953.5991
E-mail: auerbachmj@cofc.edu

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Michael J. Auerbach returned to the College as dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics in November 2010, having previously served as chair of the Department of Biology at the College from 1996 to 2000, as well as acting director of the Grice Marine Laboratory from 1999 to 2000. He spent the intervening decade as executive director of the Division of Earth & Ecosystem Sciences, and then vice president for academic and business development at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Auerbach – whose main research interests are in population and community ecology – has more than 20 papers published and has been invited to present his findings at nearly 50 institutions nationwide. In addition, he has served in many different professional capacities, including program officer at the National Science Foundation, director of the Nevada Renewable Energy Consortium and on the board of directors of the International Arid Lands Consortium, the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers and DRI Research Parks, Ltd. He has also served on numerous review panels for the National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as 30 different committees for organizations such as the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit, the Nevada Development Authority, the Ecological Society of America and the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Auerbach has raised more than $11 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. He has served on the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences Workshop for Department Chairs and on the editorial boards of Biotropica and Ecological Entomology. He has also served as the director of the DRI Tech Transfer Office from 2008 to 2010.

As dean, Auerbach has worked to expand research opportunities for undergraduate students, a feature that distinguishes the College from many other institutions. He also focused on rehabilitating and expanding facilities, with five buildings currently slated for renovation or completion. Auerbach has also overseen expanded curriculum opportunities in computer science, mathematics, and physics and astronomy. In addition, he chaired the search committee for the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the committee that formulated the new Bachelor of Professional Studies degree.

Education

1982: Ph.D. in Biological Science, Florida State University
1979: M.S. in Biological Science, Florida State University
1975: B.S. in Biology, State University of New York–Stony Brook

Career Highlights

2010–Present: Dean, School of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Charleston
2008–2010: Interim Vice President for Desert Research Institute
2001–2009: Executive Director and Research Professor, Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, Desert Research Institute
1996–2000: Chair and Professor, Department of Biology, School of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Charleston
1994–1996: Program Director, Ecological Studies, National Science Foundation
1995–1996: Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Dakota
1988–1995: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Dakota
1983–1988: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Dakota
1985, 1986, 1988: Visiting Professor, Lake Itasca Summer Biology Program, University of Minnesota
1982–1983, 1984: Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, Field Plant Ecology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Honors and Achievements

2009: American Association for the Advancement of Science Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy
2009: Judge, Intel International Science Fair
1984, 1986, 1992: Outstanding Faculty Member Award Nominee, University of North Dakota
1981: Invited Member, National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
1980: James R. Fisher Award for Outstanding Research Paper