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

Philippe Vidon

309 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-4765 | 315-470-6536

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

Amyel Dale CeroAmyel Dale Cero

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

Kimberly KoriothKimberly Korioth

  • Degree Sought: MLA/MS in Intra-Concurrent Graduate Programs
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Carter and Vidon,p

Alison RickardAlison Rickard

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

Personal Statement
I graduated SUNY Oneonta with a BA in Environmental Science. I have since worked at Cornell University on a small dam removal project identifying macroinvertebrates, for a private consulting company- Ichthyological Associates Inc- measuring storm water runoff and as an environmental coordinator presenting public environmental programs.

Graduate Research Topic
My research is focused on nutrient runoff in Canandaigua Lake watershed. Specifically I would like to identify spatial and temporal differences between sub watersheds draining to the same watershed. I am focusing on the benefits of agricultural best management practices such as riparian zones and wetlands as a way to reduce nutrient runoff.

Molly WelshMolly Welsh

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