Robert Taylor

Student NameRobert Taylor
Faculty Mentor NameDavid Kaplan, PhD
CollegeHerbert Wertheim College of Engineering
MajorEnvironmental Engineering Sciences
Research InterestsEnvironmental fluid mechanics, surface water hydrology, ecohydrology, wetland ecology, Python environmental applications
Academic AwardsValencia College President’s List 2017-2018
National Collegiate Aerospace Scholar 2018-2019
University Scholars Program 2020-2021
OrganizationsUF Watershed Ecology Lab
AWRA UF Student Chapter
AWRA Florida
Hobbies and InterestsHiking and Backpacking
Seeing Live Music
Playing Guitar
Consuming Music

Research Project

Digital Video Analysis as a Method to Measure Motion of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation?

This project aims to capture in-situ footage of flow through submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) canopies. The project will include designing and implementing a system to obtain underwater field recordings at multiple sites in North Central Florida, as well as analysis of the recordings using Python image processing methods. In the field we will set up one camera so that it has a down-looking view at the canopy, and another camera setup to capture a transverse view which will be used to determine the change in height of the depressed canopy. A vector field will be extracted from the images and Bi-Orthogonal Decomposition (BOD) will be used to analyze the spatiotemporal features. The methods developed and data gathered during this project will serve to validate a future hydrodynamic model that is being developed by Dr. David Kaplan and Dr. Xiao Yu.