Name:  Marsha S. Bollinger
Title:  Professor Emerita of Geology
Education:  Ph.D., University of South Carolina
M.S., University of South Carolina
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
Office:  110 Bancroft Hall   
Phone:  803/323-4944
Area(s):  Energy and Water Policy, Sustainability Education, Marine Geochemistry, Earth Science Education


College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Dr. Bollinger has been on the faculty at Winthrop for more than 20 years. She formerly served as the chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and as the Dalton Endowed Chair of Environmental Sciences and Studies.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies was new to Winthrop as of August 2011, and Dr. Bollinger served as its department chair until 2021. The department brought together interdisciplinary programs within the College of Arts & Sciences that did not have a clear departmental home. These programs offer 10 minors and three majors (Masters of Liberal ArtsB.S. in Environmental Sciences, and B.A. in Environmental Studies).

From 2002-2015, Bollinger served as the Dalton Endowed Chair of Environmental Sciences and Studies. In academic year 2006-2007, she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (Institutional Effectiveness) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she contributed to the administration of the geosciences research program and monitored energy-water issues affecting DOE.

Bollinger spent many years within the Department of Chemistry, Physics, Geology and the Environment where she taught a variety of geology courses such as physical geology, environmental geology, oceanography, earth science for elementary education majors, marine geology, and geochemistry. Her geology research interests relate to water and sediment chemistry, particularly in coastal environments such as salt marshes and estuaries.