Weaver, Robert

Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering
Ocean Engineering and Sciences

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

Indian River Lagoon Experiment (IRLEX) 2012

Circulation modeling for IRL and coastal waters

Remediation of coastal lagoons

Sand bypassing solutions for hardened inlets

3D wave forcing for ADCIRC

3D surface mixing for circulation models

Managed system for flushing Banana River

Removal of fine grained sediments and Muck



Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed
– Weaver, R. J., Taeb, P., Lazarus, S., Splitt, M., Holman, B., and Colvin, J., ”Sensitivity of estuarine
circulation to spatial and temporal resolution of input meteorological forcing of a cold front
passage”, (2016), Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
– Saberi, A., Weaver, R. J.,”Simulating Tidal Flushing Response to the Construction of a Low-Crested
Weir Connecting Port Canaveral to the Banana River, Florida,” (2016), Journal of Waterway, Port,
Coastal, and Ocean Engineering
– Weaver, R. J., Johnson, J. E., Ridler, M., (2016) ”Wind Driven Circulation in a Shallow Micro-Tidal
Estuary: the Indian River Lagoon”, Journal of Coastal Research
– Dietrich, J.C., Trahan, C.J., Howard, M.T., Fleming, J.G.,Weaver, R.J., Tanaka, S., Yuf, L., LuettichJr.,
R.A., Dawson, C.N., Westerink, J.J., Wells, G., Lu, A., Vega, K., Kubach, A., Dresback, K.M.,
Kolar, R.L., Kaiser, C., Twilley, R.R. (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
– 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.
Peer Reviewed Proceedings
– Maglio, C. K., Weaver, R .J., Trefry, J. H., Bostater, C. R., Shenker, J. M., Johnson, K. B, Trulock, S.
F., Ousley, J. D. Cotter, P. F. and DeMarco, P. M., (2016), ”Environmental benefits realized during
navigation maintenance dredging: A Case Study in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida”, Proceedings
of the Twenty-First World Dredging Congress, WODCON XXI, Miami, Florida, USA.
– Sheng, Y. P., Davis, J. R., Figueirdo, R., Liu, B., Liu, H., Luettich, R., Paramygin, V. A., Weaver, R.,
Weisberg, R. Xie, L., Zheng, L. (2012). ”A Regional Testbed for Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation
Models - An Overview.” Proc. Estuarine and Coastal Modeling.
– 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.
– Weaver, R. J., Hunsucker, K., Sweat, H., Meyers, A., Bethurum, A., Devlin, A., Grenevicki, A.,
Kaylee, K., Kate, L., Sabrina, B., Meyers, M. L., Lieberman, K., Bruner, S., Devlin, I., Grenevicki, A.,
Kraver, T., A Study of Oyster Recruitment on Pile Mounted Mats and Shell-Filled Bags near the Eau
Gallie River Mouth in the IRL, 2016 in prep, Florida Scientist.
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– Weaver, R. J. and Luettich, R. A. ”Evaluating differences in modeled storm surge response between
2D and 3D constructs with focus on bottom stress and simulating the wave-enhanced layer”, 2016
in prep.
– Weaver, R. J. and D. N. Slinn. ”Barrier Island Effects on Storm Surge at the Coast” , 2016 In-Prep
Conference Papers
– Niedoroda, A. W. , L. Hatchet, H. Das, A. Cox, R. Weaver, S. Baig and S. Saiffe. 2007., The
Hurricane Katrina Storm Surge in Mississippi, ASCE Coastal Sediments 07, New Orleans, L.A., USA
– Weaver, R. J. and D. N. Slinn. 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 D. N. Slinn. 2004., Effect of Wave Forcing on Storm Surge, Proceedings of the
29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal
Invited Talks
– Weaver, R. J., (2014), ”Circulation, Climate Change and Resilience”, Lagoon Action Assembly,
Florida Institute of Technology, May 2014, Invited Talk
– Weaver, R. J., (2014) ”Indian River Lagoon Research Institute”, IRLRI Congressional Briefing,
January 21, 2014
– Weaver, R. J., (2012) ”Our Backyard Laboratory for Water Quality Solutions: The IRL, Lagoonal
Circulation, and Engineering/Biological Solutions to Water Quality”, Spacecoast Science Cafe, Fall
2012, Invited Oral Presentation/Discussion