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David Kaplan

Associate Professor Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
Office 102 Phelps Lab Work Phone: 352-392-8439 Website: Website Website: Google Scholar page Website: Amazon Dams Network


David Kaplan is an Associate Professor and Director of the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands. Research in Dr. Kaplan’s Watershed Ecology Lab focuses on linkages among the hydrological cycle, ecosystem processes, and human activities, with the goal of advancing natural resources conservation and management. He has worked extensively with water and environmental management agencies to tie hydrological modeling to ecological outcomes, predict restoration effects, and guide water management.

Primary Research Area

Systems Ecology & Ecological Engineering

Other Research Areas

Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics, Water Systems

Research Interests

Hydrology, Ecology, Modeling, Water Management


B.S., 2000, Cornell University
Ph.D., 2010, University of Florida

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of Florida Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (2018)
  • University of Florida Term Professorship (2017-2020)
  • UF Water Institute Faculty Fellow (2017-2020)
  • UF College of Engineering International Educator of the Year (2016)