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Dr. Matt Burgess

Dr. Matthew A. Burgess


  • Ph D University of Florida 2017
  • MS University of Florida 2008
  • BS University of Florida 1999


Matt recently earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at UF. He is the Program Coordinator of the UF Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program; a multidisciplinary team of engineers, geomatics professionals, and ecology faculty and graduate students developing small unmanned aircraft systems for ecological research.

Research Interests

Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Technology to Assist Fieldwork and Data Collection
Wetlands Ecology
Natural Resources Conservation and Management

Research Publications

  • Zweig, C.L., M.A. Burgess, H.F. Percival and W.M. Kitchens. 2015. Use of unmanned aircraft systems to delineate fine-scale vegetation communities. Wetlands. 35(2): 303-309. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Martin, J., H.H. Edwards, M.A. Burgess, H.F. Percival, D.E. Fagan, B.E. Grdner, J.G. Ortega-Ortiz, P.G. Ifju, B.S. Evers, and T.J. Rambo. 2012. Estimating distribution of hidden objects with drones: from tennis balls to manatees. PLos ONE 7(6): e38882. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.003882. 2012.
  • Watts, A. C., J. H. Perry, S. E. Smith, M.A. Burgess, B.E. Wilkinson, Z. Szantoi, P.G. Ifju, H. F. Percival. 2010. Small unmanned aircraft systems for low-altitude aerial surveys. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74(7):1614-1619. Download  |  Publisher Website | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 9

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 46


Contact Information

Tel: (352) 318 - 1615

Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute