An oral history interview with Dr. Scott Emery, Wetlands Director at the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission. Dr. Emery first became interested in ecology as a child, exploring a nearby wildlife refuge in upstate New York. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Williams College in Massachusetts and conducted research in their experimental forest. Dr. Emery then transitioned to aquatic research while pursuing a masters at Clemson and followed with a doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where his research focused on sharks. In this interview Dr. Emery discusses his work as a consultant in various Florida wetlands management projects, the history of the water wars over well fields owned by Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, the economics and politics of water use in the Tampa Bay area and the value of natural resource economics and quantifying the short and long-term benefits of preserving the environment.
Wetlands, Florida, Water quality, Environmental aspects, Oral history, Online audio
1 sound file ( 74 minutes) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;
Wetlands; Water quality; Environmental aspects
Oral histories; Interviews
Emery, Scott H; Hodgson, Ann; University of South Florida Libraries -- Florida Studies Center.|Oral History Program; and University of South Florida -- Tampa Library, "Scott H. Emery oral history interview" (2015). The Tampa Bay Estuary: An Oral History of Community Collaboration to Restore Ecological Integrity. 4.