Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Geosciences
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Geosciences Staff Member

Dr. Matthew A. Burgess

Dr. Matthew A. Burgess

Phone: (303) 236 - 5035


Matt earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida while part of the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He was 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 Interest

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

Research Publications Publication Date
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 2015-02-28
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 2010-09-30
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. 2012-06-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Carthy, R.R., M.A. Burgess, P.G. Ifju, B.E. Wilkinson, and H.F. Percival. 2014. Development and application of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for natural resources: logistics, legalities, and lessons learned. 68th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Destin, Florida. 2014-10-22
Carthy, R.R., M. Burgess, P. Ifju, B. Wilkinson, S. Smith, and T. Whitley. 2016. UAs Technology for Sea Turtle Research and Conservation.Workshop Presentation at the South East Regional Sea Turtle Network Meeting. Mobile, AL, February 10-12,2016. 2016-02-10
Burgess, M. A., Zweig, C. L., Newman, S., Cook, M. I., Rodgers, H. L., Carthy, R. R., Wilkinson, B. E., Whitley, T. J., Ward, T. S., DiRodio, J. G., Frederick, P. C., Ifju, P. G., Smith, S. E., Percival, H. F. (2015, April). Applications of high-resolution aerial imagery and a small unmanned aircraft system in everglades science. Presented at the 2015 Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) conference, Coral Springs, Fl. 2015-04-22
Technical Publications Publication Date
Rees, A. F. and R. R. Carthy. 2018. The Second Annual Workshop on the Use of UAVs in Sea Turtle Research and Conservation at the 38th International Sea Turtle Symposium: 19 Feb 2018. Marine Turtle Newsletter. | Download 2018-04-30