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Dr. Matt Burgess

Dr. Burgess is in his ninth year as the Program Coordinator of the University of Florida Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program (UFUASRP); a large interdisciplinary group that for the last 18 years has both explored and advanced the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, a.k.a.: UAVs, RPAs, drones, etc.) and their payloads, predominantly for natural resource-based applications. In this role, he functions as a primary contact for facilitating dialogue, meetings, and decision-making amongst program cooperators, with a substantial UFUASRP team of administrators, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers having diverse expertise from Departments across the University. Dr. Burgess has led fieldwork and research teams for a variety of studies utilizing UAS and their payloads, and has developed into a subject matter expert for natural resource-based applications of UAS. He serves on panels, delivers presentations, and provides assistance as a resource to the public, academic institutions, and commercial and industrial companies, as well as to local, state, and federal government entities seeking information and guidance on fielding UAS safely, efficiently, and within regulations. Dr. Burgess earned his B.Sc. in Zoology (1999), an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Ecology (2008), and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (2017), all from the University of Florida.