Charles graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with B.S. degrees in environmental science and biology. He spent the following year studying riverine sediment transport processes in the Department of Marine Sciences at UNC-CH. Charles began the marine sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia in 2008. His research focuses on quantifying rates and pathways of nitrogen cycling in shallow, coastal aquifers in order to better understand the role of groundwater in coastal nitrogen budgets.
- 2007, B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Ph.D. candidate, Marine Sciences, University of Georgia
- Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen, carbon, and metals
- Sources and fates of greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide
- Microbial ecology
- Coastal processes and resources