Amy E. Scaroni

Assistant Professor
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department
Water Resources Program Team, Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: PO Box 596, Georgetown, SC 29442
Phone: 843-546-1013


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries
LSU 2011

M.S. Environmental Studies
College of Charleston 2006

B.S. Biology
Penn State 2002

 Courses Taught

Master Rain Gardener (
Master Pond Manager (
Post Construction BMP Inspector (
The Land-Water Connection (


I am a wetlands biogeochemist whose work focuses on stormwater and watershed management, with the broader goal of helping communities manage change—whether that change is related to flooding frequency and risk, new design standards for infrastructure projects, prioritizing green infrastructure in community planning, or preserving/restoring critical habitat for biodiversity.

 Research Interests

I collaborate on research to identify interventions that positively impact water quality and quantity, and then help community stakeholders integrate these results into their planning efforts. I'm particularly interested in the design and performance of green stormwater infrastructure, wetlands and stream restoration, and watershed planning to restore hydrologic function.

 Extension and Outreach

I have a 100% Extension appointment, so my goal is to translate University-based research to make it accessible to residents of South Carolina, who can then use that knowledge to address problems and develop solutions. This involves leading workshops and trainings, developing online courses, creating resources, and utilizing a variety of communication tools to make information accessible to a broader audience. I am also interested in science communication, and using community based social marketing techniques to target behavior changes that protect water quality.


Ureta J, Motallebi M, Scaroni AE, Lovelace S, Ureta JC (2021) Understanding the public’s behavior in adopting green stormwater infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Society. doi:

Scaroni AE, Wallover CG (2020) Watershed-Based Planning to Protect and Improve Surface Water Quality. Clemson (SC): Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension; 2020. LGP 1085.

Davis R, Scaroni AE (2020) Trees for Stormwater Management. Clemson Home and Garden Information Center Fact Sheet, available at:

Wallover CG, Callahan TJ, Scaroni AE, Morganello KC (2019) Rerouting water: Understanding and managing urban hydrology in historic Charleston, in Chadwick J and Jaume SC, S.C. eds., Field Excursions in the Carolinas: Guide for the 2019 GSA Southeastern Section Meeting: Geologic Society of America Field Guide 53, p. 9-17.

Scaroni AE, Wallover CG (2019) Maintaining Your Freshwater Shoreline. Clemson Home and Garden Information Center Fact Sheet, available at:

Callahan K, Sawyer C, Hitchcock D, Scaroni AE, Jackson K, McConnell C, Sims K, Morganello KC, Wallover G (2018) Centers of Excellence for Watershed Management 2017 Annual Report. Submitted to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, Atlanta, GA. 10 pp.

Buckley KA, Scaroni AE, Wallover CG Weathers M, Neal A (2017) The Development of a Communication Strategy Towards Improved Stormwater Pond Awareness and Maintenance in South Carolina, in Stormwater Ponds in Coastal South Carolina: Inventory and State of Knowledge (2017) South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Stormwater Pond Collaborative.

Morganello KC & Scaroni AE (2016) A Guide to Rain Gardens in South Carolina. Clemson Extension publication, available at:

White SA, Scaroni AE (2016) Rain Garden Plants: (Physocarpus opulifolius) – Ninebark. Clemson Home and Garden Information Center Fact Sheet, available at:

Needles LA, Lester SE, Ambrose R, Andren A, Beyeler M, Connor M, Eckman J, Costa-Pierce B, Gaines SD, Lafferty K, Lenihan H, Parrish J, Peterson MS, Scaroni AE, Weis J, Wendt DE (2015) Managing bay and estuarine ecosystems for multiple services. Estuaries and Coasts 38 (Suppl 1): S35-S48.

Scaroni AE, Lindau CW, Nyman JA (2014) Effect of habitat type on N2: N2O emission ratios in the Atchafalaya River Basin, LA, USA. Wetlands 34(3):545-554.

Lindau CW, Scaroni AE, Rivera-Monroy VH, Nyman JA (2011) Comparison of 15N2 Flux and Acetylene Inhibition Denitrification Methods in Atchafalaya River Basin Sediments. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 26: 337-344.

Scaroni, AE, Lindau, CW, Nyman JA (2011) Comparison of Denitrification Characteristics Among Three Habitat Types of a Large River Floodplain; Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana, USA. Hydrobiologia 658: 17-25.

Scaroni AE (2011) The Effect of Habitat Change on Nutrient Removal in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana. Doctoral Dissertation. School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU.

Scaroni AE, Lindau CW, Nyman JA (2010) Spatial Variability of Soil Denitrification across the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana, USA. Wetlands 30: 949-955.

Lindau CW, DeLaune RD, Scaroni AE, Nyman JA (2007) Denitrification in cypress swamp within the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana. Chemosphere 70: 886-894.