Dr. 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 then 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. 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 served as a 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.