The 33,000 acre Jocassee Gorges provides opportunities for scientific research on many aspects of the fauna, flora and general ecological processes of the mountainous Blue Ridge Escarpement. Institutions, organizations or individuals with a desire to conduct research on the Jocassee Gorges should contact:

Mark W.Hall
SCDNR Jocassee Gorges
1344 Cleo Chapman Highway
Sunset, SC   29685

Some of the research at Jocassee Gorges includes:

"Outdoor Recreation Use Survey of South Carolina’s Jocassee Gorges" - (Adobe PDF - file size 1.02M), by Thomas Crum Warren May 2007

"A Review of the Amphibians of the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area, Oconee and Pickens Counties, South Carolina - (Adobe PDF - file size 20M)," by Dr. Richard R. Montanucci, retired Clemson University professor. Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 5, Monograph 1, 2006.

"Monitoring and Status Surveys of Rare Species in the Jocassee Gorges" Mary Bunch, SCDNR-  principal investigator

"Trout Angler Surveys" Dan Rankin, SCDNR- principal investigator

"The Small Mammal Population of the Jocassee Gorges of South Carolina: Broad Patterns and Effects of White Pine Management" Christine Lewis and Dr. David Tonkyn, Clemson University- principal investigators

"Breeding Birds of an Oak-hickory Forest in the Blue Ridge Escarpment of South Carolina" Anna Huckabee and Dr. Edward Pivorn, Clemson University - Principal Investigators

"A Floristic Study of the Cane Creek Drainage Area in Jocassee Gorges" Layla Waldrop and Dr. Robert Ballard, Clemson University - principal investigators

"Endangered Species Spatial Risk Assessment to Fire Ant Impacts" Leslie Parris and Dr. Craig Allen, Clemson University- principal investigators

"Breeding Ecology of Swainson’s Warblers in the Jocassee Gorges Region of South Carolina" Dr. Drew Lanham, Clemson University- principal investigator

"Avian Diversity in the Jocassee Gorges and Ellicott Rock Wilderness in South Carolina as a Result of Historical Habitat Management and Ecological Site Types" Scott Abella and Dr. Vic Shelburne, Clemson University- principal investigators

"Population Genetics and Geographic Variation in the Shovel-nosed Salamander Desmognathus marmoratus" Tildon Jones and Dr. David Tonkyn, Clemson University- principal investigators

"The Influence of Soil Calcium on Land Snail and Carabid Beetle Assemblages in the Jocassee Gorges of South Carolina" Rocky Nation and Dr. David Tonkyn, Clemson University- principal investigators

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