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College of Arts & Sciences
Earth Sciences and Resources Institute (ESRI-SC)

Duke Brantley

Associate Director


B.A., Biology Minor , Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC , 1997
M.S., Environmental Resource Management , USC , 2005
M.S., Geological Sciences, USC, 2009
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, USC, 2015
P.G., Professional Geologist (license #2642)


Phone: 803-777-9349 


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Research Areas
: Environmental Geophysics, Carbon Capture and Storage, Hydrogeology, 3D Plume Visualization and Simulation, Geographical Information Systems.

Duke Brantley is the Associate Director of ESRI-SC and has been with the University of South Carolina for over 12 years. His research areas include: geologic characterization, CO2 sequestration, numerical modeling, reservoir simulation, hydrogeology, geophysical data acquisition, and water quality monitoring and analysis. Duke has a M.S. in Earth and Environmental Resource Management, a M.S. in Geological Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences. Prior to ESRI-SC, Duke cultivated his interest in science with AmeriCorps in Atlanta, GA. During his AmeriCorps service with Southeast Waters Org., Duke's work focused on surface water quality with project partners that include: EPA, USFS, City of Atlanta, Georgia Conservancy, CRBI, Oglethorpe University and the Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper among many others.  

Duke earned an undergraduate degree in business from Presbyterian College which served him well while he was a stockbroker for two years prior to pursuing his interest in science. Duke still has a keen interest in business and feels that his scientific expertise, combined with a business background, will prove to be a unique combination that is especially valuable in the energy and environmental arenas. Duke understands the significance of considering economics and business management when conducting scientific research.