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Philippe Vidon, Ph.D. is a watershed hydrologist, contaminant hydrologist, and biogeochemist. Born in France in 1973, Dr. Vidon obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Physics ( uid mechanics, thermodynamics) from Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, France in 1995, and a Master in Agronomy from the National Institute of Agronomy in Paris, France in 1997. After working for two years as a research associate at the Cemagref (National Institute of Research and Engineering in Agriculture and Environment) (France), Dr. Vidon obtained a Ph.D. in Geography (Hydrology and
Biogeochemistry) in 2004 from York University in Toronto, ON, Canada. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Vidon was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology (now Earth Sciences) at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Since 2010, Dr. Vidon has been Associate Professor (2010-2015), Professor (2015-present) and Empire Innovation Faculty in the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), and holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Geology at Syracuse University, and in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Vidon’s research focuses on the fate and transport of environmental contaminants (e.g. nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon, mercury, methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, pesticides) in hydrological systems (surface and subsurface) and at the soil-atmosphere interface. Dr. Vidon uses this knowledge to assess the impact of climate change and various land use activities on ecosystem health and water quality, and determine how to best manage water quality and water quantity in watersheds under a variety of stressors.
Since 2004, Dr. Vidon has received either as principal investigator or co- principal investigator more than $3.1 million in funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, or the US Geological Survey, among other funding sources. Dr. Vidon is widely published and has presented his work on many occasions at meetings of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America and the American Water Resources Association.

Research Areas:

  • Watershed hydro-biogeochemistry

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Jacinthe, P.A., Vidon, P. 2017. Hydro-geomorphic controls of greenhouse gas fluxes in riparian buffers of the White River watershed, IN (USA). Geoderma (in press).

Bressler*, A., Vidon, P., Volk, T. 2017. Impact of shrub willow (Salix spp) as a potential bioenergy feedstock on water quality and greenhouse gas emissions. Water, Air and Soil Pollution (in press).

Vidon, P. 2017. Not all riparian zones are wetlands: Understanding the limitation of the “wetland bias” problem. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11153 (INVITED).

Bressler*, A., Vidon, P., Volk, T., Hirsch, P. 2017. Valuation of Ecosystem Services of Commercial Shrub Willow (Salix spp) Woody Biomass Crop. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-017-5841-6

Vidon, P., Serchan*, S. 2016. Impact of stream geomorphology on greenhouse gas concentration in a New York mountain stream. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 227(12): 1-13, DOI: 10.1007/s11270-016-3131-5.

Vidon, P., Marchese* S., Rook* S. 2016. Impact of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee on riparian zone hydrology and biogeochemistry. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.11045.

Vidon, P., Serchan*, S. 2016. Landscape geomorphic characteristic impacts on greenhouse gas fluxes in exposed stream and riparian sediments. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, DOI: 10.1039/C6EM00162A.

Gomez*, J., Vidon, P., Gross*, J., Beier, C., Caputo J., Mitchell, M. 2016. Estimating greenhouse gas emission at the soil-atmosphere interface in forested watersheds of the US Northeast. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 188(5): 1-16, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-016-5297-0.

Vidon, P, Marchese*, S, Welsh* M., McMillan S. 2016. Impact of precipitation intensity and riparian geomorphic characteristics on greenhouse gas emissions at the soil-atmosphere interface in a water limited riparian zone. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, DOI: 10.1007/s11270-015-2717-7.

Vidon, P., 2015. Field Hydrologists Needed: A call for young hydrologists to (re)-focus on field studies. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10614. (INVITED).

Vidon, P, Marchese*, S., Welsh* M., S, McMillan. 2015. Short-term spatial and temporal variability in greenhouse gas fluxes in riparian zones. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-015-4717-x.

Jacinthe, P.A., Vidon, P., Fisher*, K., Liu*, X., Baker, M.E., 2015. Methane and carbon dioxide fluxes in adjacent cropland and riparian buffers. Journal of Environmental Quality, DOI: 10.2134/jeq2015.01.0014.

Hill, A., Devito, K., and Vidon, P. 2014. Long-term nitrate removal in a stream riparian zone. Biogeochemistry, 121(2): 425-439, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-014-0010-2.

Vidon, P., Carleton* W., Mitchell M., 2014. Mercury proxies and mercury dynamics in a forested watershed of the US Northeast. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 186:7475-7488, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-014-3941-0.

Vidon, P., Carleton* W., Mitchell M., 2014. Spatial and temporal variability in stream dissolved organic carbon quantity and quality in an Adirondack forested catchment. Applied Geochemistry, 46:10-18, DOI: http://

Mayer, P.M., Dwire K.A., Okay J.A., and Vidon, P. 2014. Featured Collection Introduction: Riparian Ecosystems and Buffers II. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(3):529-532, DOI:10.1111/jawr.12212.

Kaushal, S., Mayer P., Vidon, P, Smith R.M. *, Pennino M.J. *, Duan S. *, Newcomer T.A. *, Welty C., Belt K.T. * 2014. Land use and climate variability amplify carbon, nutrient, and contaminant pulses: a review with management implications. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(3): 585-614, DOI:10.1111/jawr.12204 (INVITED).

Vidon, P., Jacinthe P.A., Liu X. *, Fisher K. *, Baker M. 2014. Hydrobiogeochemical controls on riparian nutrient and greenhouse gas dynamics: 10 years post-restoration. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(3):639-652, DOI:10.1111/jawr.12201 (INVITED).

Liu, X.*, Vidon, P., Jacinthe P.A., Fisher K.*, Baker M. 2014. Seasonal and geomorphic controls on N and P removal in riparian zones of the US Midwest. Biogeochemistry, 19(1):245-257, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-014-9963-4.

Fisher, K.*, Jacinthe P.A., Vidon, P., Liu, X.*, Baker, M.E. 2014. Nitrous oxide emission from cropland and adjacent riparian buffers in contrasting hydrogeomorphic settings. Journal of Environmental Quality, DOI:10.2134/jeq2013.06.0223, 43(1):338-348.

McMillan, S., Vidon, P., 2014 Taking the pulse of stream restoration practices: moving towards healthier streams. Hydrological Processes, DOI:10.1002/hyp.10092, 28(2):398-400 (INVITED).

Vidon, P, Mitchell C.P.J., Jacinthe P.A., Baker M., Liu X.*, and Fisher K.*, 2013. Mercury Dynamics in Groundwater across Three Distinct Riparian Zone Types of the US Midwest. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 15(11), 2131-2141, DOI: 10.1039/c3em00254c.

Passeport E., P. Vidon, K. Forshay, L. Harris, J. Lazar*, S.S. Kaushal, D.Q. Kellogg, P.M. Mayer, E. Stander. 2013. Ecological engineering practices for the reduction of non-point source N in human influenced landscapes: A guide for watershed managers. Environmental Management Journal. DOI:10.1007/s00267-012-9970-y, 51:392-413.

Vidon, P. 2012. Towards a better understanding of riparian zone water table response to precipitation events: surface water infiltration, hillslope contribution, or pressure wave processes? Hydrological Processes, 26:3207-3215, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8258.

Vidon, P, Hubbard*, H., Cuadra* P., and Hennessy* M. 2012. Storm NO3- and NH4+ exports in stream, overland flow, and tile drains of the US Midwest. Annals of Environmental Sciences, 6:87-99.

Vidon, P, Hubbard*, H., Cuadra* P., and Hennessy* M., 2012. Storm dissolved organic carbon dynamics in artificially drained landscapes of the US Midwest. Air, Soil and Water Research, 5:103-115-13. DOI:10.4137/ASWR.S9973.

Vidon, P, Hubbard*, H., Cuadra* P., and Hennessy* M. 2012. Storm phosphorous concentrations and fluxes in artificially drained landscapes of the US Midwest. Agricultural Sciences, 3(4):474-485, DOI:10.4236/as.2012.34056

Vidon, P, Hubbard*, H., Cuadra* P., and Hennessy* M, 2012. Storm flow generation in artificially drained landscapes of the US Midwest: matrix flow, macropore flow, or overland flow. Water. 4:90-111.

Vidon, P., and Cuadra*, P.E., 2011. Phosphorus dynamics in tile-drain flow during storms in the US Midwest. Agricultural Water Management, 98:532-540, DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2010.09.010.

Cuadra*, P.E., and P. Vidon, 2011. Storm nitrogen dynamics in tile-drain flow in the US Midwest. Biogeochemistry, 104:293-308, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-010-9502-x

Johnstone*, J., P. Vidon, L.P. Tedesco, E. Soyeux, 2010. Nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon dynamics in a third-order stream of the US Midwest. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 119(1):7-18

Vidon, P. and P.E. Cuadra*, 2010. Impact of precipitation characteristics on soil hydrology in tile-drained landscapes. Hydrological Processes, 24:1821-1833, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7627.

Vidon, P., 2010. Invited Commentary: Riparian zone management and water quality: A multi-contaminant challenge. Hydrological Processes, 24:1532-1535 (INVITED).

Vidon, P., C. Allan, D. Burns, T. Duval, N. Gurwick, S. Inamdar, R. Lowrance, J. Okay, D. Scott, S. Sebestyen, 2010. Hot spots and hot moments in riparian zones: potential for improved water quality management. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 46(2):278-298. DOI: 10.1111 ⁄ j.1752-1688.2010.00420.x. (INVITED).

Dosskey, M., P. Vidon, N.P. Gurwick, C.J. Allan, T. Duval, R. Lowrance, 2010. The Role of Riparian Vegetation in Protecting and Improving Chemical Water Quality in Streams. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 46(2):261-277. DOI: 10.1111 ⁄ j.1752-1688.2010.00419.x. (INVITED).

Vidon, P., L.E. Hubbard*, E. Soyeux, 2009. Seasonal solute dynamics across land uses during storms in glaciated landscape of the U.S. Midwest. Journal of Hydrology, 376:34-47, DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.07.013.

Groffman, P., K. Butterbach-Bahl, W. Fulweiler, A. Gold, J. Morse, E. Stander, C. Tague, C. Tonitto, P. Vidon, 2009. Incorporating spatially and temporally explicit phenomena (hotspots and hot moments) in denitrification models. Biogeochemistry, DOI:10.1007/s10533-008-9277-5, 93:49-77.

Vidon, P., L.E. Hubbard*, E. Soyeux, 2009. Impact of sampling strategy on stream load estimates in till landscapes of the Midwest. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI: 10.1007/s10661-008-0635-5, 159:367-379.

Vidon, P., M.A. Campbell*, E. Soyeux, 2009. Escherichia Coli and Fecal Coliform export rates in two agricultural watersheds of the U.S. Midwest. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 118:13-21.

Wagner*, L.E., P. Vidon, L.E. Tedesco, M. Gray, 2008. Stream nitrate and DOC dynamics during three spring storms across land uses in glaciated landscapes of the Midwest. Journal of Hydrology, 362:177-190.

Allan, C.A., P. Vidon, R. Lowrance, 2008. Invited Commentary: Frontiers in riparian zone research in the 21st Century. Hydrological Processes, 22:3221-3222 (INVITED).

Vidon, P., L.P. Tedesco, J. Wilson, M.A. Campbell*, L.R. Casey*, and Mark Gray. 2008, Direct and indirect hydrological controls on E.coli concentration and loading in Midwestern streams. Journal of Environmental Quality, 37(5):1761-1768.

Vidon, P., L.E. Wagner*, E. Soyeux, 2008. Changes in the character of DOC in streams during storms in two Midwestern watersheds with contrasting land uses. Biogeochemistry, 88: 257-270, DOI 10.1007/s10533-008-9207-6.

Vidon, P., C.A. Allan, R. Lowrance, 2008. Generalizing riparian zone function at the landscape scale: new tools, new approaches, gaps in knowledge and future research directions. Impact. 10(3):12-15 (INVITED).

Vidon, P., L.P. Tedesco, D.L. Pascual, M.A. Campbell*, L.R. Casey*, J. Wilson, M. Gray, 2008. Seasonal changes in stream water quality along an agricultural/urban land-use gradient. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 117(2):107-123

Vidon, P., M.G. Dosskey, 2008. Testing a simple field method for assessing nitrate removal in riparian zones. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 44(2):523-534. DOI: 10.1111 ⁄j.1752-1688.2007.00155.

Vidon, P, M.A. Campbell*, M. Gray. 2008. Unrestricted cattle access to stream and water quality in till landscape of the Midwest. Agricultural Water Management, 95(3):322-330 DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2007.10.017.

Vidon, P., A.P. Smith*, 2008. Assessing wetland restoration success and the influence of former drainage pipe locations on wetland hydrology: A case study. Ecological Restoration, 26(1):36-46.

Vidon, P., A.P. Smith*, 2007. Upland controls on the hydrological functioning of riparian zones in glacial till valleys of the Midwest. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 43(6):1524-1539 DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2007.00125.

Vidon, P., A.R. Hill, 2006. A landscape based approach to estimate riparian hydrological and nitrate removal functions. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 42(4):1099-1112.

Vidon, P., A.R. Hill, 2004. Denitrification and patterns of electron donors and acceptors in 8 riparian zones with contrasting hydrogeology. Biogeochemistry, Vol.71, Issue 2, pp 259-283.

Hill, A.R., P. Vidon, J. Langat, 2004. Denitrification potential in relation to lithology in five headwater riparian zones. Journal of Environmental Quality, 33: 911-919.

Vidon P., A.R. Hill, 2004. Landscape controls on the hydrology of stream riparian zones. Journal of Hydrology, 292:210-228.

Vidon, P., A.R. Hill, 2004. Landscape controls on nitrate removal in stream riparian zones, Water Resources Research, 40, W03201, doi:10.1029/2003WR002473.

Benoît P., E. Barriuso, P. Vidon, B. Réal, 2000. Isoproturon movement and dissipation in undisturbed soil cores from a grassed buffer strip. Agronomie, 20:297-307.

Benoît P., E. Barriuso, P. Vidon, B. Réal, 1999. Isoproturon sorption and degradation in a soil from grassed buffer strip. Journal of Environmental Quality, 28:121-129.