Board of Directors

Rick Copeland, Ph.D, P.G.
Ph. 850-559-7199

Gary Maddox, P.G.
Assistant Director
Ph. 850-556-4298

Kate Muldoon
Ph. 850-728-4181


Rick Copeland is a registered Professional Geologist with the State of Florida (P.G. 000126) with decades of experience. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Florida in Geology (1972), a M.S. from the University of Florida, Geology (1974), and a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Geology (1998), with a minor in statistics.

He worked for the Suwannee River Water Management District for nine years where he established and maintained several groundwater quality monitoring networks.

He worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for over 25 years.  For 16 of those years, he was the administrator of Florida’s statewide groundwater quality program.  During this time, he was instrumental is redesigning the Department’s surface-water and groundwater quality monitoring networks into one integrated monitoring program, which are still in operation today.  He worked several years for the Florida Geological Survey as a hydrogeologist and was the Assistant Stage Geologist in charge of their Hydrogeology Program.

After retiring from the State of Florida in 2010, he founded AquiferWatch Inc, which is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization dedicated to educating the public about groundwater issues and encourages volunteers to get involved with the monitoring of Florida’s groundwater resources.

Since 2011 he has consulted for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  He assists the Department in evaluating changes in the quality and quantity of Florida’s groundwater resources.

He is the current Chairman of the Florida Water Resource Monitoring Council’s Salinity Monitoring Network, and is a contributing author to the framework document, for the United States National Ground Water Monitoring Network.

Between 2004 and 2014, he was an Adjunct Professor at Tallahassee Community College where he taught Statistics and Earth Sciences.

He has authored numerous technical articles.  Topics include karst hydrogeology, water quality and quantity monitoring, interpretation of groundwater quality and its relationship to land use and geomorphology, and interpretations of trends in groundwater quality and quantity.


Gary L. Maddox is a licensed Professional Geologist with over 31 years of experience working with Florida-specific groundwater issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and has done graduate work in geology at Florida State University. He is currently employed as a hydrogeologist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He has hands-on experience in groundwater quality monitoring; statewide, regional and site-specific water quality assessments, hydrostratigraphy, ground water – surface water interactions, and experimental septic wastewater systems monitoring. He has extensive knowledge of Florida springs issues. He has conducted extensive field work supervising the installation and sampling of monitoring wells, piezometers and soil moisture lysimeters, and has performed biological assessments, flow measurements and water quality sampling in lakes, rivers, and springs.


Kate Muldoon received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of South Florida and her graduate degree in Geography/Geographic Information Systems from Florida State University.  She has over 30 years’ experience in the environmental field, including stints as a marine systems sampler, the manager/QA officer of a biological laboratory, a molluscan taxonomist, county biologist, environmental educator, and regional project manager for a statewide water quality network. Kate also has extensive experience serving as a grant writer and volunteer grant reviewer. She served as the representative for the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council for many years. She enjoys bringing projects to fruition, collaborating with colleagues, and thinking outside the box.  In her private life, Kate is an enthusiastic kayaker, bicyclist, reader, artist, and cook.