Who We Are

We care about our oceans and the beautiful coasts of Florida. We are engineers, scientists, educators, philanthropists, and leading corporations coming together to improve the resilience of our coastal communities.


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Christine Angelini
CCS Director and Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering Sciences

Dr. Angelini is an Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Florida in 2014 and her BSc in Marine Biology from Brown University in 2009. She is an ecologist with expertise in wetland, reef and dune systems. Her research focuses on advancing mechanistic understanding of how species interactions moderate ecosystem resilience to climate change and influence contaminant integration into food webs.

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Thomas Ankersen
Professor, UF Levin College of Law

  • UF Levin College of Law Professor 
  • Director Conservation Clinic & Florida Sea Grant Legal Program 
  • Full bio 

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Paul Gader
Professor, Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Dr. Gader researches hyperspectral image analysis, a.k.a. imaging spectroscopy, algorithms for agriculture, the environment, and national security. His research areas include unmixing (an inverse-problem), dimensionality reduction, and classification using NASA and NSF big data sets and investigated hyperspectral and color imaging for ripeness, disease, landmines, and explosives detection. He is developing physics-based, data-driven nonlinear, and hybrid computational models for hyperspectral unmixing.

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David Kaplan
CCS Associate Director and Associate Professor, EES

Dr. Kaplan’s Watershed Ecology Lab focuses on linkages among the hydrological cycle, ecosystem processes, and human activities, with the goal of advancing natural resources conservation and management. He has worked extensively with water and environmental management agencies to tie hydrological modeling to ecological outcomes, predict restoration effects, and guide water management.

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Maitane Olabarrieta
CCS Associate Director and Associate Professor, CCE

Research in Dr. Olabarrieta’s Coastal Hazards Lab focuses on the processes that drive coastal erosion and flooding under extreme storms and longer-term (seasonal to decadal) inlet and estuarine morphodynamics. One of the main goal is to improve numerical models used to predict coastal change, erosion and flooding.

Advisory Board

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Thomas Ankersen
Professor, UF Levin College of Law


  • UF Levin College of Law Professor 
  • Director Conservation Clinic & Florida Sea Grant Legal Program 
  • Full bio 

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Robert W. Bailey
The Bailey Strategy Group, LLC

  • The Bailey Strategy Group, LLC
  • Forty- year career in Global water consulting; served as President of CH2M’s Water Business with world-wide responsibility for project development and a portfolio with over $1B in annual revenue.
  • Distinguished Civil Engineering Alumni – University of Illinois
  • Serves on the Advisory Board for UF Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment (ESSIE)
  • Past member of the Global Water Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum
  • Leadership Florida Alumni
  • Served on Governor Desantis’ transition team for Water, the Environment and Agriculture
  • Executive advisor to a Global Private Equity Group focused on Emerging Water Technology

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Katherine Hubbard
Research Scientist, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Scott Pressly
Chairman of the Board 

  • UF, Chemical Engineering, ‘90 
  • Harvard MBA, ’95
  • Chairman, Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • Founder & Partner, BIP Capital
  • Former Partner, Roark Capital 
  • 2020 Pinnacle Award Winner

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Bruce J. Rogow
IT Odyssey & Advisory

  • BCE in Environmental Engineering, UF 
  • ICEX Principal since 2004
  • Founding Member of the Prometheus Endeavor
  • Former Vice President, Global Head of Research for Gartner; Gartner Executive Fellow for 26 years
  • Full bio


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Michael Shirley
Deputy Director, FDEP Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

Mike is Deputy Director for the FDEP Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection and Administrator of the Florida Coastal Zone Management Program. From 2007 to 2014, Mike held the position of Director at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve). Mike has held positions at Save the Bay Inc. (Rhode Island), the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, EPA’s Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory,  and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He has a Ph.D. in marine science with a minor in environmental toxicology from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science in biology from the University of West Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of Rhode Island.

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Paul H. Silverglate
Vice-Chairman, US Technology Sector Leader, Deloitte LLP

  • Vice-Chairman – US Technology Sector Leader, Deloitte LLP
  • National Industry Leader –  Tech, Media and Telecom; Risk and Financial Advisory
  • Global Crown Jewel Lead Client Services Partner
  • Developer and Co-Dean, Art of Engagement Leadership Development Program
  • Over 32 years of professional experience serving companies headquartered in Silicon Valley and around the world and specializes in leadership development, change management, and large-scale business transformation

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Damon Woodard
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UF

  • Research interests: biometrics / identity science, artificial intelligence, applied machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing
  • Director of AI Partnerships, Artificial Intelligence Initiative Director, Biometrics and Machine Learning Group (BMLG), Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research (FICS)
  • IEEE Senior Member, ACM Senior Member, National Academy of Science Kavli Frontiers Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) member
  • Website

Scientific Academic Advisory Board

Scientific Academic Advisory Board, focused on Water Quality Hazards and the CompCON Charlotte Harbor Pilot Project:

  • Mike Allen, Director, Nature Coast Biological Station, UF;
    Professor, Fisheries and Aquatic Science, School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences, UF
  • Annie Brett, Assistant Professor, College of Law; JD/PhD Environmental Science & Policy
    Expertise: Ocean & Coastal Law, Artificial Intelligence law and policy in the marine environment
  • Ann Christiano, Director, Center for Public Interest Communications, UF;
    Clinical Professor, Department of Public Relations, College of Journalism and Communications, UF
  • Wendy Graham, Director, UF Water Institute; Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    Expertise: Hydrologic Modeling, Water Quality
  • Sherry Larkin, Director of Florida Sea Grant; Professor, Department of Food & Resource Economics
    Expertise: Natural Resource & Environmental Economics
  • H. Dail Laughinghouse, Assistant Professor, Ft Lauderdale Research and Extension Center,
    Department of Agronomy, Applied Phycology
    Expertise: Phycology, Ecology, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Tara Sabo-Attwood, Associate Dean, College of Public Health & Health Professions;
    Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental and Global Health
    Expertise: Aquatic Toxicology, Aquatic Pulmonary Pathology
  • Damon Woodard, Director AI Partnerships, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering;
    Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Expertise: Biometrics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Research and Policy Fellows

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Matthew DePaolis
Coastal Policy Analyst, Florida Sea Grant/Center for Coastal Solutions

  • J.D. and M.S. in Marine Biology, University of Oregon 
  •  Environmental law and marine biology

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Miles Medina
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Costal Solutions

Miles Medina joined the Angelini Lab and Center for Coastal Solutions as a postdoctoral research fellow in April 2021 to work on interdisciplinary, multisector collaborative research investigating the spatiotemporal dynamics and drivers of coastal algae blooms in Florida. Previously, as a quantitative consultant, he worked with various government entities and developed data management and machine learning tools to identify sources of water quality impairments throughout Florida. …


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Helen Goh
Director of Marketing and Communications, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering


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Ann Powers
Executive Director of Advancement, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering


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Sharlynn Sweeney
Communications Specialist, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

  • BS, Biology and Marine Sciences, University of Miami
  • PhD, Systems Ecology / Environmental Engineering Sciences, UF
  • MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Studies), FSU

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Todd Van Natta
Field Operations Manager, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Affiliated Faculty

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