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Mr. Matt Burgess

Mr. Matthew A. Burgess


  • MS University of Florida 2008
  • BS University of Florida 1999


Matt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at UF. He is the former Program Coordinator of the UF Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program; a multidisciplinary team of aerospace engineering, geomatics, and ecology faculty and graduate students developing a small unmanned aircraft system for ecological research and habitat assessments.

Research Interests

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

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: 5

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 33

Presentations: 52


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