Dr. Stephen B. Leatherman
11401 SW 87th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33176 305-965-0074
Ph.D. in Earth System Science: Geosciences, Florida International
BS in Environmental Science, New College--the Honors College of
Graduated as honor student at Palmetto Senior High School, 2009.
Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Leatherman, S. B., and Porter, J., 2019, Particle Image Velocimetry
Tracking of Rip Currents Using Drones, North Shore of Oahu,
Hawaii, in preparation.
Leatherman, S. B., 2019, Rip Current Generation and Management
Implications in South Florida, in preparation.
Zhang, K., Zhang, M. and Leatherman, S. B., 2019, Quantifying and Rating Rip Current Hazards for Beachgoers, Natural Hazards, in review.
Leatherman, S.B., 2017, Techniques for Rip Current Detection and Measurement, International Journal of Earth Science & Geophysics, 3:014.
Leatherman, S. B., 2017, Rip Flow Characteristics and Escape Strategies in South Florida, Shore and Beach, V. 85, p. 30-34.
Leatherman, S. B., 2017, Rip Current Measurements at Three South Florida Beaches, Journal of Coastal Research, V. 33, p. 1228-1234.
Leatherman S. P. and Leatherman, S. B., 2017, Sea Level Change, in the International Encyclopedia of Geography, People, the Earth, Environment and Technology, Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, p. 6084- 6093.
Leatherman, S. B., 2016, Rip Currents in South Florida: A Major Coastal Hazard and Management Challenge, Journal of Coastal Zone Management, V. 19:431, Doi: 10.4172/2473-3350.1000431.
Leatherman, S. B., 2015, Rip current hazard on Florida and South Georgia beaches, Shore and Beach, V. 83, p 63-66.
Leatherman, S. B., Leatherman, S. P. and Haus, B., 2013. Bar height and rip current presence and strength, Shore and Beach, V. 81, 19-22.
“Quantifying and Rating Rip Current Hazard in South Florida,”
Florida Society of Geographers, Orlando, Florida, February 8, 2019.
“Rip Current Generation, Flow Characteristics, and Implications for
Beach Safety in South Florida,” American Association of
Geographers Annual Meeting, Melbourne, Florida, February 10, 2018.
“Rip Current Detection and Measurement in South Florida,” Seminar
Series, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL, October 13, 2017.
“Rip Current Measurements at Three South Florida Beaches,”
National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL, July 14, 2016.
“Rip Current Activity in Florida,” Rip Current Workshop, Jaco Beach,
Costa Rica, July 14, 2014.
“Rip Current Hazard on Florida and South Georgia Beaches,”
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, April 9, 2014.
Professional Research Experience
Drone particle image velocimetry of rip currents on the North Shore
of Oahu, Hawaii in conjunction with Dr. John Porter of the University
of Hawaii, March 2018
Public Survey of Beachgoer’s Knowledge of Rip Currents at Coopers
Beach for Eastern Long Island Coastal Conservation Alliance, Inc,
Southampton, New York, July 2013.
Erosion Hotspot Identification Using Geographic Information
Systems on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, January 2012.
Wave Tank Experiment of Rip Currents at the University of Miami,
Forest Vegetation Density Investigation in the Amazon River, Peru
through New College of Florida, January 2010.
Hurricanes in Belize – Implications for Aerial Distribution of Papaya
Crops for Brooks Tropical, Homestead, Florida, June 2010.
Cliff Stability Analysis in Peconic Bay on Long Island, NY for
Belvedere Management Company, New York City, July 2009.
Member, Geological Society of America, 2015 - present.
Member, American Association of Geographers, 2014 - present.
Member, Florida Society of Geographers, 2016 - present.
Trimble R8 RTK GPS
RIEGL Terrestrial Lidar
DJI Phantom Drone
Relevant Graduate Coursework
GIS Analysis in the Earth Sciences
Advanced GIS for Environmental Data
Remote Sensing in Hydrology
Geophysical Data Analysis
Earth Systems Modeling
Awards and Honors
Presidential Fellowship from Florida International University (2013-
Bright Future Scholarship and New College Scholarship (2009-2013).
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (2008).
National Honor Roll, Palmetto Senior High School.
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV) professional license (2018).
NAUI scuba certification (2012).
Lifeguard certification by American Red Cross (2009).
CPR certification by American Red Cross (2009).
Boating License (Canada).