As vice president and principal associate in ESA’s Southeast Biological Resources and Land Management group, Doug collaborates with clients to restore ecosystems throughout the Gulf Coast. One of Florida’s first Professional Wetland Scientists, he authored the Tampa Bay Habitat Master Plan, which serves as the template for future habitat restoration and management efforts in this nationally important estuary.
Doug brings more than 35 years of experience managing and contributing to complex environmental assessments, planning, and permitting projects. A legally qualified expert in wetland science, estuarine ecology, limnology, watershed management, and environmental monitoring, his technical excellence has been recognized by public and private clients alike. Doug’s extensive knowledge of natural systems throughout Florida is grounded in proven experience successfully managing numerous watershed management plans and ecosystem restoration projects across the Gulf Coast. He has led over 100 challenging projects and has contributed to more than 20 technical papers and professional conference presentations.
Doug completed coursework in marine science for a doctorate and holds a Master of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists. Doug has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Lake Management Society and the Florida Earth Foundation. He is an active member of several professional societies including the American Water Resources Association and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.