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.
More People, Limited Resources: How Florida Is Proactively Managing Public Drinking Water Supply
In addition to traffic congestion and the need for improved roadways, population growth in Florida has driven increased demand for drinking water. Learn how ESA is balancing the availability of freshwater supplies with the needs of people and the natural environment.Read More »
Informing Sea Level Rise Response in Tampa Bay
Formed in Spring 2014, the Climate Science Advisory Panel (CSAP) is an ad hoc network of recognized scientists and resource managers working in the Tampa Bay region (Figure 1). The group’s goal is to collaboratively develop science-based recommendations for local governments and regional agencies as they respond to climate change and associated sea-level rise (SLR). ESA principal scientists Dave Tomasko and Doug Robison were appointed to the CSAP and have been actively engaged in the work of the panel since its inception.Read More »
Florida State Expenditure Plan Approved to Restore and Protect Gulf Coast
Plan Allocates $291 Million in Project Funding for Environmental Restoration and Promotion of Tourism Following Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.Read More »