John Avery Emison is a distinguished environmental scientist specializing in environmental management and cleanup of radioactive and hazardous materials. An accomplished technical consultant, he has worked as a senior environmental specialist since 2001. In addition to extensively publishing technical memoranda on his field of specialization, he has worked as a science reporter for the Oak Ridger and as an editor of a business newspaper in eastern Tennessee.
A member of the Abbeville Institute and the Sigma Xi scientific research society, Emison also belongs to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He actively pursues scholarship in southern history and constitutional law as an avocation. A proud sixth generation Tennessean, he has had a keen interest in history his entire life.
Emison graduated with a B.A. in liberal arts from Union University in 1972, an M.S. in physical geography from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) in 1974, and a Ph.D. in resource geography from Oregon State University in 1979. When he is not working, researching, or writing, Emison enjoys hunting and shooting; he is an avid marksman. The father of three grown children, he resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.