Staff Directory

Renee Murch

MS Civil Engineering, Sr. Water Resources Engineer
Contact
813.527.6999

Office

INTERA Incorporated
4111 Land O’ Lakes Blvd,
Suite 104
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 USA

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Renee (right) with co-worker Caroline Masek helping plant marsh grass as part of habitat restoration efforts at the Perico Preserve.

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Renee with daughters, Anneliese (top) and Madeline (bottom), getting ready for another horse show.

Renee grew up in Pinellas County, a small peninsula in west central Florida, a prime area to encourage and nurture an interest in hydrology. Growing up, she loved the outdoors and was active in a number of water sports. A Girl Scout throughout her childhood, she spent many weekends and summers camping and exploring nature, including the rivers, streams, springs, and lakes of the state.
At the University of South Florida, Renee was drawn to courses in engineering, hydrology, and computer programming. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2000 and a Master’s degree in the same field in 2002. “My appreciation of the rivers and lakes of Florida made focusing on water resources during my Master’s coursework a very natural path. My thesis on the disaggregation of rainfall time series using artificial neural networks sparked a real interest in statistical hydrology.”

After graduating, she worked for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as a Professional Engineer Trainee in the State Materials Office in Gainesville, Florida. “Working for the FDOT gave me the opportunity to apply engineering principles to projects throughout the state and provided me with detailed experience in materials testing and equipment calibration.”

After the birth of her second daughter, Renee returned to the Tampa Bay area and joined INTERA’s Land O’ Lakes office in 2008. While her initial work focused on surface water modeling, she now works on projects involving statistical analysis of hydrologic data, groundwater modeling, and integrated (surface water -groundwater) modeling. “INTERA is a great fit for me because I enjoy working on a wide variety of projects that allow me to spend time both in the office and in the field. It is exciting to work on projects that make a difference to the people of the state of Florida because I feel that I am able to serve my community through my work.”

Community involvement has always been a major focus of Renee’s life outside of work. She leads a Girl Scout Cadette troop of 12 and a Junior troop of 17, and is a certified facilitator for canoeing. She strongly believes that children should be able to experience the outdoors and be exposed to as many teaching moments as possible. “On a recent campout, our troop was assigned to keep the lodge bathroom tidy, and one of the toilets in the bathroom wouldn’t stop running. I took the lid off the tank and showed the girls in my troop how a toilet worked and how to fix the problem. The girls were amazed (and slightly shocked) that I actually put my hand inside the toilet tank because they didn’t realize the water in the tank was clean.”

Renee spends much of her free time driving her daughters to and from the barn to ride their ponies in preparation for horse shows. As a horse show mom, she also spends lots of time cleaning horse tack, making show bows for her daughters to wear, and checking the weather forecast for rain.

Dream Dinner Guest – mom
Hero – dad
Biggest Influence – grandma
Favorite Movie – Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Book – The Little House (Virginia Lee Burton)
Favorite Museum – Smithsonian American History
Favorite Song – too many to pick just one
Musician/Band you’d most like to see live – Harry Connick, Jr.
Favorite Vacation – Cleveland, GA
If I had one wish, it would be – for my mom to be here
Place of birth – St. Petersburg, FL
Children – 2