David Tomasko, PhD
David Tomasko, PhD

As a principal associate in ESA’s southeast team, Dave collaborates with clients to plan and develop water quality and natural resource restoration projects throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. His documentation of the source(s) of ecological problems has led to successful multimillion-dollar restoration efforts for many lakes and estuaries.

Dave brings more than 25 years of experience performing water quality assessments and developing science-based resource management plans. In the Gulf Coast, he has led a wide array of projects, such as the determination of water quality responses for downstream estuaries in coastal Louisiana, large-scale diversions of freshwater inflows from the Mississippi River; development of water quality management plans for more than 50 lakes in Florida; assessment the water quality and natural resources responses of San José Lagoon in Puerto Rico; restoration of historical circulation patterns; and development of pollutant load reduction goals for a variety of estuaries and coastal water bodies in the United States, the Caribbean basin, and the Middle East.

Dave holds a Doctor of Philosophy in biology from the University of South Florida, a Master of Science in marine biology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Old Dominion University.

September 24, 2019

Research Shows Nutrient Diet Improves Water Quality, Fishery Habitat Across the globe, coastal zone management efforts have concluded that restoring fish populations often requires acting on land-based human activities. With a few notable exceptions, most commercially and recreationally important species of fish, crabs, and shrimp spend at least a portion of their lives in estuarine locations, where waters from the open ocean mix with runoff from land. Read More »
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