Weaver, Robert

Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering
Marine and Environmental Systems

Personal Overview


Dr. Weaver joined Florida Tech in August 2011 after working for three years as a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences.  While at UNC-CH IMS, he worked on coastal circulation projects including prediction of hurricane storm surge, tracking surface particles from the Deepwater Horizon Blowout, and 3D model development.  From 2006-2008, he worked for URS Corps developing methodology for establishing flood levels for FEMA FIRM’s.  In 2007 he founded a non-profit corporation whose mission is to encourage environmentally sound engineering, business and development practices.   His areas of research and expertise include coastal flooding, coastal transport, water quality, 2D and 3D circulation modeling, and littoral processes.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, 2008, University of Florida, Dept. Civil and Coastal Engineering

M.S. Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering, 2004, University of Florida, Dept. Civil and Coastal Engineering

University Stuttgart, 1999

B.S. Mathematics (MINOR Physics), 1999, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Recognition & Awards

AAUS Certified 2008-2011 UNC-CH IMS

NAUI DiveMaster Cert.

Sigma Pi Sigma, Pi Mu Epsilon

Current Courses

OCE 3030 Fluid Mechanics

OCE 3521 Hydromechanics / Wave Theory

OCE 4523 Coastal Engineering: Processes

OCE 4563 Port & Harbor Design

OCE 5525 Coastal Processes & Engineering

OCE 5563 Port & Harbor Engineering

ENS 3911 / 4911 Environmental Field Projects


Professional Experience

Post-Doctorate Researcher, 2008-2011,University of North Carolina IMS

Research Intern, 2006-2008, URS Corps.

Additional Duties

Research in coastal circulation or nearshore hydrodynamics

Founder/CEO of Engineering for the Earth, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes
sustainable design, building and engineering practices (2007-present)

Current Research

3D hydrodynamics and development and validation of 3D capabilities in ADCIRC

Design of a modular instrumentation mount for shallow water survey vehicles

Phytoremediation of eutrophic waters in coastal lagoons




Selected Publications

– J.C. Dietrich, C.J.Trahan, M.T.Howard, J.G.Fleming, R.J.Weaver, S.Tanaka, L.Yuf, R.A. LuettichJr., C.N.Dawson, J.J.Westerink, G.Wells, A.Lu, K.Vega, A.Kubach, K.M.Dresback,R.L. Kolar, C.Kaiser, R.R.Twilley, (2012). "Surface Trajectories of Oil Transport along the Northern Coastline of the Gulf of Mexico", Continental Shelf Research

– Eggleston, D., Haase, A.,Luettich, R.,Weaver, R., Puckett, B. J. (2012). ”Estuarine Circulation and Predicted
Oyster Larval Dispersal Among a Network of Reserves”,Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Weaver, R. J. and Luettich, R. A. (2010). ”2d vs. 3d storm surge sensitivity in ADCIRC: Case study
of hurricane Isabel.” Proc. Estuarine and Coastal Modeling.

– Kennedy, A. B., Gravois U., Zachry, B., Luettich, R., Whipple, T., Weaver, R., Fleming, J., Chen, Q.,
Avissar, R. (2010) ”Rapidly Installed Temporary Gauging for Waves and Surge during Hurricane
Gustav.” Continental Shelf Research

Weaver, R. J. and Slinn, D. N. (2010). ”Influence of bathymetric fluctuations on coastal storm
surge.” Coastal Engineering.

– Niedoroda, A. W. , Hatchet, L., Das, H., Cox, A., Weaver, R., Baig, S. and Saiffe, S. (2007)., The
Hurricane Katrina Storm Surge in Mississippi, ASCE Coastal Sediments 07, New Orleans, L.A., USA

Weaver, R. J. and Slinn, D. N. (2006)., Real-Time and Probabilistic Forecasting System for Waves
and Surge in Tropical Cyclones, Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering,
San Diego, CA., USA

Weaver, R. J. and Slinn, D. N. (2004)., Effect of Wave Forcing on Storm Surge, Proceedings of the
29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal