Julianne Chechanover

Mentor: Dr. Matt Cohen
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"During the summer of my freshmen year, I was the Wetlands Division Intern for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPCHC). As an intern, one of my main tasks was to create a database of erosion control structures and techniques. This project was my first time completing a literature review and it inspired me to pursue research when I came back to UF the following semester. My experiences at the EPCHC made me interested in learning more about more solutions for today's most pressing environmental issues, such as erosion control, and research has given me the opportunity to do so.


Biological Engineering (Land and Water Resources Engineering)


Sustainability in the Built Environment

Research Interests

  • Ecohydrology
  • Nutrient Transport
  • Landscape Dynamics

Academic Awards

  • University of Florida's Dean's List
  • Allen G. Smajstrla Scholarship
  • Sun-Fu “Tony” Shih Scholarship
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • Phi Sigma Rho


  • Retirement Home for the Horses (Mill Creek Farm)
  • Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
  • Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Listening to Music

Research Description

The Effects of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation on Surrounding Sediment Stabilization in the Ichetucknee River
Understanding the processes controlling sediment transport, deposition, and accretion is crucial for preserving water quality and stream ecosystem health. There have been several hypotheses regarding positive feedbacks between vegetation and channel stability. In particular, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) has provided stabilized sediments, reduced flow velocity, and created habitats for aquatic species in stream ecosystems. Despite many studies illustrating the use of SAV for benthic sediment accretion and stabilization within the vegetation patches themselves, it is unclear whether or not SAV has an impact on the stabilization of surrounding sediments. This research project serves to investigate the relationship between these alternative stable states (one dominated by SAV and a raised sediment bed and the other by bare sediments) by mapping SAV and bare sediments in the Ichetucknee River. Once the mapping is complete, a sediment thickness analysis will be performed to further analyze the impact of submerged aquatic vegetation on the surrounding sediment surface area and depth on both spatial and temporal scales.