Philippe G. Vidon | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY-ESF
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Philippe Vidon

Philippe G. VidonProfessor

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

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

Course(s) Taught

Watershed Hydrology (FOR 340/540) Spring

Advanced Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry (FOR 740) Spring

Selected Publications

Vidon, P. 2017. Not all riparian zones are wetlands: Understanding the limitation of the “wetland bias” problem. Hydrological Processes, in press (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.


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Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Yasaman HassanzadehYasaman Hassanzadeh

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

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
  • Undergraduate Institute: University of Rhode Island (Environmental Science)
  • Previous Graduate Study: University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Graduate Research Topic
My research focuses on quantifying the effects of stream and floodplain restoration on seasonal hydrology (surface water-groundwater interactions) and biogeochemistry (cycling of nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus). I am interested in identifying tradeoffs in ecosystem services, such as water quality improvement through nitrogen removal, versus potential disservices, including release of greenhouse gases. Additionally, I am analyzing social and economic components of restoration projects and investigating various methods of incorporating local environmental knowledge into cooperative watershed management.