Philippe Vidon

Philippe G. Vidon
Associate Professor

309 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-4765/470-6536


Highest Education

Ph.D., York University, ON, Canada (Geography -  Hydrology/Biogeochemistry), 2004

Areas of Study

Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Watershed Management, Best Management Practices, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4)

Course(s) Taught

Watershed Hydrology (FOR 340/540)

Advanced Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry (FOR 796) Spring

Selected Publications

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., 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, 278-298. DOI: 10.1111 ⁄ j.1752-1688.2010.00420.x.

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

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. 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., 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):1524-1539DOI: 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 Association42(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.

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

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Alison BresslerAlison Bressler

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies

My undergraduate research focused on LID features in suburban South Carolina in order to reduce large scale eutrophication. My current research is focusing on the impact of willow birch on water quality, quantity, and associated ecosystems services in addition to investigating the broader social implications of growing willow birch as a biofuel source.

Timothy KochTimothy Koch

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Albany (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
After undergraduate I did an internship with the US Forest Service conducting watershed health surveys throughout the Pacific Northwest. Looking at land use on watershed maps and then hiking across the land to get to the sampling locations really got me interested in watershed science. I would like to look at the impact of land cover change on ephemeral stream channel morphology and water quality from a managerial view point in order to best mitigate these changes in the future.

Favorite Quote
As for me, if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water. -The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Katherine PowersKatherine Powers

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies

Personal Statement
As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, I conducted research under Dr. Amanda Lavigne regarding the potential power output of pre-existing micro-hydro dams in Northern New York. This experience greatly influenced my MS concentration of Water and Wetland Resource Studies, as well as my focus on holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. With my current research I plan to discuss both the ecological risk assessment and public risk perception of hydraulic fracturing. Beyond academic courses and research, I work for the SUNY-ESF Outreach Office as a STEM Mentor, teaching 1st and 4th graders at Van Duyn and Dr. King Elementary Schools.

Molly WelshMolly Welsh

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon
  • Area of Study: Water & Wetland Resource Studies


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