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Photo of Carrie Adams Carrie Adams Associate Professor, Environmental Horticulture Department
  • Associate Professor, Environmental Horticulture Department
  • Affiliates: School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Nature Coast Biological Station, and the Water Institute
  • Research interests: Wetland ecology, Plant community dynamics, and Restoration ecology
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Photo of Peter Adams Peter Adams Assoc. Professor, Geological Sciences
  • Research areas: geomorphology, coastal processes, climate change
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Photo of Andrew Altieri Andrew Altieri Asst. Professor, Env. Engineering Sciences
  • Research areas: Coastal ecosystems, resilience, ecosystem services, anthropogenic impacts and natural environmental gradients
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Photo of Christine Angelini Christine Angelini Assoc. Professor, Env. Engineering Sciences

Christine Angelini is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS). Founded in 2020, CCS works across disciplines–ecology, engineering, health, computer sciences, policy and communications–to develop and deliver research and technology solutions that support coastal communities in addressing hazards and environmental degradation. A hallmark of the center’s innovation is the integration of large data sets, artificial intelligence and supercomputing to rapidly simulate coastal environmental scenarios and produce data driven solutions.…

Photo of David Arnold David Arnold Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Research areas: Micro/nanotechnology, Energy-harvesting, nanocomposite materials, rapid on-site detection of fecal indicating bacteria for coastal water quality monitoring
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Photo of Shirley Baker Shirley Baker Assoc. Professor, SFRC Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Research areas: effects of water quality on shellfish productivity, physiological mechanisms that underlie those effects, provision of ecosystem services by shellfish, development of models to predict impacts of water quality parameters on shellfish productivity and provision of ecosystem services
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Photo of Tracie Baker Tracie Baker Associate Professor, Environmental and Global Health
  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Global Health
  • Research interests: Developmental biology, environmental toxicology, genetics, and animal health.
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Photo of Donald Behringer Donald Behringer Professor, Sch. of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences
  • Research interests: Disease ecology and epidemiology, Marine community resilience and restoration
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Photo of Jiang Bian Jiang Bian Assoc. Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
  • Research areas: data science with heterogeneous data, information and knowledge resources
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Photo of Thomas Bianchi Thomas Bianchi Professor, Geological Sciences
  • Jon L. AND Beverly A. Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences
  • Research areas: Biogeochemistry and processing of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in coastal, oceanic, estuarine, and riverine environments.
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Photo of Joe Bisesi Joe Bisesi Assistant Professor, Environmental & Global Health
  • Research areas: Gastrointestinal system and microbiome in physiological response to toxicants; nanomaterials and organic chemical contaminants in biological systems
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Photo of John A. Bowden John A. Bowden Asst. Professor, College of Vet. Medicine
  • Research interests: mass spectrometric methods, endocrine disruption, environmental chemistry, wildlife and human health
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Photo of Anna E. Braswell Anna E. Braswell Assistant Professor, Florida Sea Grant Extension Specialist
  • Anna Braswell is a coastal macrosystem ecologist, interested in the connections between upland, marine and human systems. 
  • Research interests: formation, persistence, and degradation of coastal ecosystems; understanding legacy effects of humans on coastal marsh geomorphology and biogeochemistry; historical development of coastal towns and communities; the effects of disturbance on coastal marshes; and coastal vulnerability to sea level rise.
Photo of Jules Bruck Jules Bruck Director, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Jules Bruck researches coastal resilience, green infrastructure and public perception of sustainable landscape practices. She serves as the director of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Bruck also co-founded the Coastal Resilience Design Studio, which hopes to drive policy to benefit coastal communities through more sustainable land use, planning and education.…

Photo of James Cahill James Cahill Lecturer, Env. Engineering Sciences
  • Research interests: metagenomics, particularly sediment DNA and conservation-oriented population genomics
Photo of Ed Camp Ed Camp Assistant Professor, SFRC Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Research areas: Recreational fisheries, oyster populations, aquaculture, and fisheries, cooperative management, socioecological systems and trade-offs
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Photo of Alberto Canestrelli Alberto Canestrelli Asst. Professor, Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Geomorphology, river engineering, numerical modeling of coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics and morphodynamics
  • Dr. Canestrelli studies the long term modeling of the morphodynamic evolution of river estuaries and back barrier basins, with a particular focus on salt marsh erosion and progradation. His research also focuses on the storm surge forecast, and on modeling of the long term evolution of beaches, with a particular focus on beach recovery.
Photo of Ray Carthy Ray Carthy Assistant Unit Leader, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • Courtesy Assistant Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department
  • Assistant Unit Leader, FL Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • Research interests: Coastal and wetland ecology, human intervention on wildlife habitats, conservation and management of endangered and threatened species, foraging ecology and physiological responses of marine turtles.
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Photo of Mark Clark Mark Clark Associate Professor, Soil & Water Sciences
  • Wetland nutrient assimilation and storage processes, vegetative succession dynamics, ecological engineering design using wetland processes to improve water quality and enhance ecological function of altered landscape
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Photo of Eric Coker Eric Coker Assistant Professor, Environmental & Global Health
  • Environmental epidemiology, environmental health and exposure science, spatial and field epidemiology
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Photo of Justin Davis Justin Davis Research Assistant Scientist, ESSIE, HWCOE
  • Research Assistant Scientist, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE), Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, UF
  • Theory and technological development necessary to advance science, education, and observation of the coastal and estuarine environment
  • Numerical modeling, Sensor networking, cyberphysical laboratory testing, ESSIE/Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering IT Support: Networking, Unix/Linux System Administration, HPC Cyberinfrastructure Manager, UF NHERI Experimental Facility
  • Ph.D., Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering (Minor in Computer Engineering)
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Photo of Katherine Deliz Quiñones Katherine Deliz Quiñones Assistant Professor, Env. Eng. Sciences
  • Katherine Deliz Quiñones earned her BS and MS in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico and her PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida. She started her academic career at UF in fall 2017, after working four years in Environmental Consulting, as Project and QA Manager. Her research in environmental biotechnology focuses on fate, transport & remediation of pollutants and pathogens.
Photo of Nancy Denslow Nancy Denslow Professor, College of Vet. Medicine

Dr. Denslow’s research involves developing and using molecular biomarkers to evaluate changes in gene expression depending on stress or exposure to contaminants.


Photo of Warren Dixon Warren Dixon Professor, Mech. & Aerospace Engineering
  • Newton C. Ebaugh Professor and Department Chair
  • Adaptive nonlinear control, robotics, human-machine interactions, biomedical, visual servo control
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Photo of Lili Du Lili Du Assoc. Professor, Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Transportation system analysis and network modeling
  • CV/AV/CAV/EV related network modeling and platooning control
  • Big data analytics for traffic ow analysis
  • AI applications in transportation systems
  • Resilient civil infrastructure networks
  • Mobility as a service
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Photo of Z. Hugh Fan Z. Hugh Fan Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Research areas: microfluidics, environmental monitoring, detection of pathogens.
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Photo of Peter Frederick Peter Frederick Emeritus Professor, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
  • Wetland processes, community dynamics, conservation, management, restoration
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Photo of Crystal Goodison Crystal Goodison Associate Director, GeoPlan Center
  • Associate Director of the GeoPlan Center, a research and teaching center specializing in geospatial systems and technologies.
  • Research areas: geospatial data, tools, and technical training to assist State, regional, and local governments with sea level rise and coastal resiliency planning efforts.
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Photo of Yi Guo Yi Guo Associate Professor, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
  • Research areas: Electronic health records (EHR)-based phenotyping and risk stratification, Causal modeling and inference, Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in clinical and public health applications.
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Photo of Thomas Hoctor Thomas Hoctor Research Assoc. Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Director, Center for Landscape Conservation Planning
  • Research areas: GIS applications for identifying conservation priorities and implementation actions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services, recommendations for expanding protected lands to address climate change impacts, and conservation strategies for ensuring effective conservation in a future with continuing conflicts with land use change and habitat loss
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Photo of Vanessa Hull Vanessa Hull Assistant Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • Associate Professor,  Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • Affiliates: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Global Human-Wildlife Interactions Lab
  • Research interests: Biodiversity conservation, wildlife ecology, natural resource management, and human-wildlife interactions.
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Photo of Peter Ifju Peter Ifju Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Research areas: Experimental mechanics, moire interferometry, compositie materials
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Photo of Md Jahidul Islam Md Jahidul Islam Asst. Professor, Elec. & Computer Engineering
  • PhD, Robotics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Research interests: robot perception, machine vision, underwater robotics, machine learning, subsea inspection, environmental monitoring, autonomous explorations
  • Leads the RoboPI (Robot Perception and Intelligence) group
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Photo of John M. Jaeger John M. Jaeger Associate Professor, Geological Sciences
  • Areas of Interest: Sedimentary Geology, Marine and Coastal Geology, Oceanography
  • Dr. Jaeger’s research group integrates subsurface data (samples, logs, drill core) with geophysical data and numerical models of surface processes to test source-to-sink concepts of how strata are formed. We also use highly resolved temporal data (cores, air photos, digital elevation models) from modern settings to document the role of current climate change on sedimentary processes.
Photo of Myoseon Jang Myoseon Jang Assoc. Professor, Env. Engineering Sciences
  • Research areas: Atmospheric Chemistry, Aerosol Modeling, Health Effect, Aerosol Climate Forcing, Algal Aerosol, Mineral Dust Particles, Organic Aerosol, Sea Spray Aerosol
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Photo of Zhe Jiang Zhe Jiang Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science & Engineering
  • Primary research area: Data mining 
  • Research areas: Data mining, database, data science and informatics, interpretable AI, machine learning
  • Research interests: Data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, spatiotemporal data mining, interdisciplinary applications 
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, 2016, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering and Information Science, 2010, University of Science and Technology of China
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Photo of Antarpreet Jutla Antarpreet Jutla Assoc. Professor, Env. Engineering Sciences
  • Primary research area: Water systems 
  • Other research areas: Coastal & Oceanographic Engineering, New Infrastructure Planning and Management, Systems Ecology & Ecological Engineering
  • Research interests: Hydrology, water resources, remote sensing, public health, water- and vector-borne diseases, hydrologicalmodeling
Photo of David Kaplan David Kaplan Assoc. Professor, Env. Engineering Sciences
  • Research areas: Systems Ecology & Ecological Engineering, Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics, Water Systems, Hydrology, Ecology, Modeling, Water Management
  • Watershed Ecology Lab
  • Departmental webpage
Photo of H. Dail Laughinghouse IV H. Dail Laughinghouse IV Asst. Prof., Agronomy
  • Assistant Professor, Ft Lauderdale Research and Extension Center, Dept of Agronomy, Applied Phycology
  • Research areas: Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins, systematics, environmental influences on macroalgae and microbial photoautotrophs, bioremediation, detection and effects of bioactive compounds
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Photo of James C. Liao James C. Liao Assoc. Professor, The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
  • Dr. Jimmy Liao graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in biology at Wesleyan University. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate in the department of neurobiology at Cornell University.
  • Research: One aspect of my research looks at how fish can recycle the energy of turbulent flows to save swimming energy.
Photo of Kai Lorenzen Kai Lorenzen Professor, School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences
  • Professor of Integrative Fisheries Science, UF
  • Associate Director of the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, UF
  • Research interests: integrative, trans-disciplinary approaches to address complex fisheries management problems; quantitative ecology; human dimensions; management initiatives
  • Lorenzen Lab Website
Photo of Forrest Masters Forrest Masters Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering
Photo of Julie Meyer Julie Meyer Assistant Professor, Soil and Water Sciences
  • Research interests: microbial ecology, marine microbiology, coral disease, symbiosis, genomics, probiotics, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems
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Photo of Elise Morrison Elise Morrison Asst. Professor, Env. Engineering Sciences
  • Research areas: Microbial Ecology, Organic Biogeochemistry
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Photo of Patrick Musgrave Patrick Musgrave Asst. Professor, Mech. & Aerospace Engineering
Photo of Ellen Nodine Ellen Nodine Director, Programs & Training, Center for Public Interest Communications
  • Master of Education, UF, specialization in education technology and curriculum design
  • Developed and directed the UF’s College of Journalism and Communications online master’s with a concentration in public interest communications
  • Adjunct faculty member at the Management Communication Center, UF Warrington College of Business, teaching Professional Speaking
  • 8 years as lead organizer for the frank gathering, a 3-day conference uniting communication strategists, behavioral and social scientists, artists, funders, agencies, business leaders and advocates working to drive positive social change
  • 20 years in the Caribbean doing community work and co-founded a not-for-profit K-12 school
Photo of Maitane Olabarrieta Maitane Olabarrieta Assoc. Professor, Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • 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.
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Photo of Todd Osborne Todd Osborne Assoc. Professor, Soil and Water Sciences
  • Research areas: sea level rise, soil carbon storage, salt marsh restoration in coastal Florida, restoration of water quality via shellfish, sea grass & mangrove habitat restoration and mitigation.
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Photo of Brian Phillips Brian Phillips Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Research interests: Structural Dynamics, Experimental Methods, Optimization, Protective Systems, Wind Engineering, and Earthquake Engineering.
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Photo of Edward Phlips Edward Phlips Professor, SFRC – Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
  • Dr. Phlips has initiated a toxic algae research program, with the goal of evaluating the distribution, causes and consequences of harmful algae in both freshwater and marine ecosystems.
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Photo of Laura Reynolds Laura Reynolds Asst. Professor, Soil and Water Sciences
  • Research interests: Carbon Dynamics and Ecosystem Services; Wetlands and Aquatic Ecosystems
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Photo of Tara Sabo-Attwood Tara Sabo-Attwood Professor, Env. & Global Health
  • Relevant research areas: molecular mechanisms that drive various health impacts associated with environmental exposures to agents which include endocrine disruptors, mineral fibers, and nanomaterials; nano-enabled applications relevant to improving water quality in aquaculture settings
  • Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the UF
  • Associate Dean of Faculty Development, Cultural Affairs, and Wellness Programs
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Photo of Karla Saldana Ochoa Karla Saldana Ochoa Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Karla Saldana Ochoa is a Tenured Track Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida and a faculty affiliate at the AI2 Center, the Center of Latin American Studies, and FIBER. Karla is the director of SHARE Lab, a research group focused on developing projects that leverage the interaction between artificial intelligence (AI) and human intelligence, which is applied to boost creativity in architectural design and create tools to analyze big data of urban phenomena.…

Photo of John Sansalone John Sansalone Professor, Env. Engineering Sciences
  • Relevant research areas: interactions of hydrology, chemistry and control/treatment/reuse of rainfall-runoff and snowmelt; green materials and infrastructure systems in the urban environment, such as engineering permeable pavement systems; in-situ geoenvironmental systems for hydrologic and chemical cycling; soil modification; unit operations and processes for storm water and wastewater; storm water TMDL analysis and sampling methods; adsorptive-filtration phenomena; control of metals and nutrients; anaerobic digestion; urban drainage systems and solidification/stabilization
  • Teaching interests: storm water system design, wastewater systems design, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, environmental hydrology, and urban hydrologic cycling. 
Photo of Jorge Sefair Jorge Sefair Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Relevant research areas: network optimization, combinatorial optimization, integer programming, and interdiction games. Operations research applied to environmental/urban planning, public policy, and service systems. 
  • Teaching expertise: Operations research, mathematical programming, discrete optimization, network optimization, and multistage optimization. 
  • Associate Director at the Center for Applied Optimization
Photo of Katherine Serafin Katherine Serafin Assistant Professor, Geography

Dr. Serafin is a coastal scientist who researches extreme sea levels and coastal hazards to better understand how our coastlines are changing and the resultant consequences for people and places. She combines observational datasets with statistical and numerical models to understand the frequency, drivers, and impacts of coastal flooding and erosion events. Some of her interests include compound flooding hazards, extreme value analysis, coastal processes, human-natural coupled systems, flood risk management in a changing climate, and climate adaptation and resilience.…

Photo of Matt Sheehan Matt Sheehan Managing Dir., Center for Public Interest Communications

Matt Sheehan, a journalist who has spent his career working in established and emerging media helping organizations make strategic shifts in digital, is a member of the journalism faculty at the University of Florida. He serves as managing director of the Center for Public Interest Communications and interim administrator of the UF Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology.…

Photo of Alex Sheremet Alex Sheremet Professor, Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Michael K. Ochi Professor of Coastal Engineering
  • Research areas: Coastal and oceanographic engineering, coastal ecosystem dynamics
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Photo of Ashley Smyth Ashley Smyth Asst. Professor, Soil and Water Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Soil and Water Sciences at the IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center
  • Florida Sea Grant Affiliate
  • Research areas: coastal biogeochemistry, shellfish, water quality, biogeochemical response of restoration and management activities, effects of climate variability and sea level rise on biogeochemistry of South Florida’s coastal habitats
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Photo of Kathe Todd-Brown Kathe Todd-Brown Asst. Professor, Env. Eng. Sci.
  • Research interests: coastal carbon model, marsh accretion rates
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Photo of Arnoldo Valle-Levinson Arnoldo Valle-Levinson Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering
  • Physical oceanography, observations and numerical modeling of estuarine and coastal hydrodynamic processes, estuary-ocean exchange, competition between buoyancy and mixing.
  • Ph.D., Oceanography, SUNY at Stony Brook
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Photo of Hannah Vander Zanden Hannah Vander Zanden Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
  • Department of Biology and Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research
  • Research interests: animal migration, sea turtles, stable isotope ecology
  • Vander Zanden Lab webpage: Animal Migration and Ecology Lab
Photo of Michael Volk Michael Volk Research Assoc. Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
  • Associate Director, Center for Landscape Conservation Planning
  • Research areas: Sustainability (built environment resilience), climate change and resilient design, regional conservation planning, community resilience, and actionable climate change information for landscape architects and educators 
  • Website
Photo of Benjamin Wilkinson Benjamin Wilkinson Associate Professor, Geomatics, SFFGS
  • Dr. Wilkinson specializes in the collection and processing of data using geospatial sensors, with emphasis on airborne and terrestrial photography, lidar, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), particularly 3D scene reconstruction using photogrammetric techniques as well as data adjustment, fusion, and uncertainty estimation.
  • PhD, Geomatics, University of Florida
  • Personal/Lab Website: Geospatial Mapping and Applications Lab
Photo of Dapeng Oliver Wu Dapeng Oliver Wu Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Photo of Xiao Yu Xiao Yu Assistant Professor, Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Research areas: nearshore processes, sediment transport, physical-ecological coupling of ecosystems
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Photo of Xilei Zhao Xilei Zhao Asst. Professor, Civil & Coastal Engineering
  • Research area: Transportation engineering 
  • Research interests: Data science, transportation and resilience
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