Pilgrim named Director of Research at USC Upstate

April 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate recently named Dr. Melissa Pilgrim as director of research.

Pilgrim is responsible for overseeing the University’s undergraduate research programs and working with faculty to increase research opportunities. Her work includes the Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support, the Center for Research and Scholarship Support, and the Annual Research Symposium and Journal.

“I am very pleased to make this announcement as Dr. Pilgrim has and will continue to make a significant and important impact on teaching and learning at USC Upstate,” said Dr. Charley Harrington, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Pilgrim previously served as associate professor of biology and interim director of research.  Her primary research focus involves an integrative approach to investigating how ecosystems respond to environmental change (natural and anthropogenic). Her interests include large scale questions (e.g., the impact of climate change on community assemblages and nutrient cycling) and understanding how individual animal responses to environmental variation impact population level processes.

Pilgrim earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Arkansas, a M.S. in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a B.S. in biology from Stetson University. She served as a post-doctoral research associate at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a coeducational, public, comprehensive metropolitan institution located in Spartanburg along the thriving I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. USC Upstate is home to 5,500 students from 36 states and 51 nations. For more information, visit www.uscupstate.edu.