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Christopher W. McVoy, Ph.D.
Lead Environmental Scientist

Christopher W. McVoy, Ph.D., Lead Environmental Scientist


Ph.D. in Soil, Crop and
Atmospheric Sciences
Cornell University

Master of Science
Soil Physics
University of Florida

Bachelor of Arts
Cornell University


Analytical Skills based on
  Systemss Approach
Communication of Science
  to Stakeholders
International Environmental
  and Agricultural Research
Empiricist Trained in
  Systems Analysis and
  Simulation Modeling

Professional Development

Datalogger Programming
  (Arduino, Campbell
  Scientific CR 1000, Onset)
Digital and Analog Electronic   Circuit Design
Network Configuration
Rainwater Harvesting and
  Graywater Reuse


2013. Estimating soil subsidence and carbon loss in the Everglades Agricultural Area, Florida using geospatial techniques.

2011. Landscapes and hydrology of the pre-drainage Everglades.

2011. Recent and historic drivers of landscape change in the Everglades ridge, slough, and tree island mosaic.

2005. The ecological–societal underpinnings of Everglades restoration.

2001. The effects of altered hydrology on the Everglades.

2001. The design of ecological landscape models for Everglades restoration.

1999. Florida Everglades: Subsidence threatens agriculture and complicates ecosystem restoration.

Community Service

Commissioner, City of Lake Worth


English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch

A world-renowned Ecohydrologist, Everglades expert, author, elected official and empiricist trained in systems analysis and simulation modeling, Dr. McVoy is a noted educator and advocate for science-based environmental science.
An excellent communicator of science to policymakers and stakeholders, Dr. McVoy is internationally experienced in environmental and agricultural research. His work has been published in Ecological Economics, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment and other peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. McVoy is the principal author of Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades. He currently serves the Lead Environmental Scientist for South Florida Engineering and Consulting, LLC.

Selected Project Experience
U.S. Department of Interior
Prepares and presents technical material in support of fast-tracked U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Central Everglades Planning Policy.

City Commissioner
City of Lake Worth, Florida
In second elected term. General fund annual budget of $150 million.

Senior Environmental Scientist
South Florida Water Management District
Researched and wrote book on predevelopment ecohydrology of the Everglades. Provided scientific leadership to River of Grass restoration. Performed field and remote sensing research of Everglades hydrology, geomorphology and landscape ecology in support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Managed contracts and supervised research staff. Annual budget of $110,000.

Staff Scientist
Environmental Defense Fund
Validated a regional hydrological model of the Everglades by synthesizing soil, vegetation, surveying and historical data. Developed supporting research for Everglades Minimum Flows and Levels. Advisor to Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida.

Soil Science and Systems Ecology Post-Doctoral Associate
University of Braunschweig
Quantified root water uptake and modeled two-dimensional water flow in soils for long-term ecological Water and Solute Transport in Agroecosystems Project. Editor for international workshop on modeling, water, plant, nitrogen dynamics and pesticides in agro-ecosystems. Peer reviewer for Soil Science Society of America Journel.

Water Resources Specialist
New York State Water Resources Institute
Reviewed simulation models. Presented talks on groundwater contamination to state and regional audiences.

Applications Programmer, Department of Economics
International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement, Mexico
Rewrote user oriented statistical package. Optimized code for inter-platform portability.

Teaching Experience
Invited Lecturer
University of Florida
Florida International University
University of Miami
Florida Atlantic University
Arthur Marshall Foundation