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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Rachata Muneepeerakul

Professor, System Modeling

Dr. Muneepeerakul (who also goes by "Chot") has worked on a wide variety of problems, ranging from life to social sciences, from biodiversity patterns in river networks to dynamics of coupled natural-human systems. His primary investigative tools are mathematical and computational models.

He is interested in dynamical models, complex networks, game theory, and stochastic processes. In recent years, he has been interested in systematic development of models of coupled natural-human systems. His diverse research interests are reflected in the projects in which he is involved and his publication record.  In one project (Department of Defense's Army Research Office/Army Research’s Multi-University Research Initiative—MURI), he leads a transdisciplinary research team to develop a modeling framework and an integrative theory to link environmental change and human migration. In another project (UF Water Institute Graduate Fellowships—WIGF), he and his team are studying the resilience of a water-subsidized watershed in Costa Rica. Collectively across these projects, he works with faculty and students with backgrounds from both natural and social sciences. There are more projects under development. These projects share a common theme of inventing and blending concepts and analytical/computational techniques from different disciplines to achieve meaningful insights.

Contact Information


227 Frazier Rogers Hall

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

  • Teaching
    • ABE 6017: Stochastic Modeling in Ecology and Hydrology
    • ABE 6933: Modeling Coupled Natural-Human Systems
    • AGG 5607: Communicating in Academia
    • ABE 6933: Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) Program
      Seminar Inducing resilience for water-subsidized systems
  • Research and Extension

    Departmental Research Area:

    • Biological Engineering

    Research Focus:

    • DOD-SERDP: Predicting, measuring, and monitoring aquatic invertebrate biodiversity on dryland military bases
    • NSF-CNH: When Strengths Can Become Weaknesses: Emerging Vulnerabilities in Coupled Natural Human Systems under Globalization and Climate Change
  • Education
    • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, NJ, 2007
    • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, CA, 2000
    • B.S. Civil Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 1998
  • Professional Experience
    • 2015 - Present
      Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2010 - 2015
      Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
    • 2007 - 2010
      Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
    • 2001 - 2003
      Environmental Engineer, GeoSyntec, Consultants, CA
    • 1998
      Civil Engineer, Metric Co. Ltd., Thailand
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
    • Outstanding Young Researcher Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) - Florida Section, 2016
  • Other Professional Activities
    • American Geophysical Union
    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
    • Ecological Society of America