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Department of Geography


William L. Graf

Title: USC Educational Foundation Endowed Professor Emeritus
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4437
Office: Callcott, Room 230
Resources: Department of Geography


Dr. Graf is a University Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. His B.A., MSc, Certificate in Water Resources Management, and Ph.D. in geography are from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has supervised 39 MS, MA, and PHD students, and has taught course attended by more than 5,000 undergraduate students.  His research addresses two broadly defined topics: geomorphology and hydrology of rivers, and the intersection of science and policy for public land and water. He has conducted research and served in science review and oversight positions associated with water quality, water quantity, aquatic and riparian habitats, and endangered species in a variety of ecosystems including the Klamath River of California and Oregon, streams of the Colorado Plateau, Colorado River, Rio Grande in New Mexico, Platte River in Nebraska, and the Everglades, as well as rivers in the Southeastern United States including the Savannah. He is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has chaired or been a member of more than 20 National Research Council committees and boards. He is a Past President of the Association of American Geographers; President Bill Clinton appointed him to the Presidential Commission on American Heritage Rivers; and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed him Chair of the Environmental Advisory Board to the Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His several books and more than 140 papers and book chapters have resulted from funding by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Justice, and a variety of state, local agencies, and tribes. His work has been recognized by awards from the Association of American Geographers and Geological Society of America. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.  He served a five-member team of ecosystem restoration scientists to brief the staffs of President Barack Obama’s Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality, and Office of Management and Budget.  He presently serves as a member of science advisory panels for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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