Who We Are

A Partnership for a Healthy Bay

TBEP is an intergovernmental partnership of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties; the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD); and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

 
 

Staff

Ed Sherwood

Ed Sherwood

Executive Director

Ed Sherwood became TBEP’s Executive Director in 2018 after serving as the Program Scientist since 2008. Ed is responsible for maintaining TBEP’s strong interlocal partnership and continuing the bay’s science-based restoration and recovery strategies. He directs TBEP’s technical and public outreach initiatives and serves as the primary policy liaison between its many public and private partners. Ed holds a B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida, and a M.S. degree in Marine Fisheries and Ecology from the University of Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys boating on the bay and travelling with his wife and two kids.

Ron Hosler

Ron Hosler

Program Administrator

Ron joined TBEP in 2001 after spending nine years with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. He oversees the administration, finance and accounting, grant management, and cooperative funding   agreements. He also manages subcontracts for technical and outreach services required by TBEP. Ron is a longtime resident of St. Petersburg and a Florida native from Miami. Ron’s hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, and travel.

Gary Raulerson

Gary Raulerson

PhD, Ecologist

Gary participates in research, restoration, and monitoring projects that improve habitats (such as seagrass, oysters, mangroves, marshes, and freshwater wetlands) throughout the Tampa Bay watershed. Previous positions include working for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Florida’s Aquatic Preserve program, and as Assistant Director of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve near St. Augustine. Gary received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. He loves to travel and sing barbershop.

Maya Burke

Maya Burke

Science Policy Coordinator

Maya manages the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund, including habitat restoration and water quality improvement projects; facilitates the Technical Advisory Committee, the Tampa Bay Nitrogen Management Consortium, and the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel; and distills Tampa Bay research for decision makers and resource managers. Previously, Maya coordinated the Agency on Bay Management and worked as an environmental planner for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. She is a graduate of New College of Florida (Political Science & Environmental Studies). Outside of work, you’ll find her hiking at Boyd Hill or relaxing at Fort DeSoto with a good book.

Marcus Beck

Marcus Beck

PhD, Program Scientist

Marcus is the Program Scientist for TBEP and is developing data analysis and visualization methods for Bay health indicators. He received his BS in Zoology from the University of Florida in 2007 and his MSc and PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and 2013. Marcus has experience researching environmental indicators and developing open science products to support environmental decision-making. Marcus is also an avid software developer and creator of online dashboards that facilitate science communication. Outside of work, Marcus enjoys spending time with his wife Susie and their dog (Jones) and cat (Gus).

Joe Whalen

Joe Whalen

Communication & Outreach Coordinator

Before joining TBEP in 2018, Joe had been cultivating skills and experience in the fields of outdoor education, marketing, media production and environmental communications. His goal is to curate and distill media that compliments the invaluable work being done by the Program’s staff and its many partners through innovative partnerships and an impactful community presence. His eye for design and marketing trends ensures the Program is heard in an increasingly noisy media landscape. True to his New York roots, Joe stays busy outside of the office by serving on the Pathfinder Outdoor Education board of directors and as a guitarist in a local alt-rock band.

Sheila Scolaro

Sheila Scolaro

Public Outreach Specialist

Sheila manages the Bay Mini-Grants (grants funded by the Tarpon specialty license plate for community initiated Bay restoration and improvement projects), facilitates the Community Advisory Committee, and coordinates community engagement through Give-A-Day for the Bay volunteer events. Previously, Sheila managed the Seagrass and Water Quality Monitoring Programs and Community Outreach Program for Sarasota County. She received a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Florida and is completing an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of South Florida. Outside the office, you can find Sheila backpacking along the National Scenic Trail System or paddleboarding through mangrove tunnels found along Tampa Bay.

Committees

TBEP’s “Management Conference” is comprised of several Boards and Committees that collectively implement the CCMP, and as a result, contribute to the recovery of Tampa Bay. The member agencies and participants are key to the long-term sustainability of the Program and are vital to promoting the health and wellbeing of the Tampa Bay estuary.

Partners

TBEP is an intergovernmental partnership of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties; the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD); and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).