François Birgand

Professor

Education

Ph.D. 2000

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S., M.S. 1994

Agronomic Engineering

Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes, France

Research Description

Biogeochemical processes for ecologically engineered and natural systems; Impacts of land use changes on hydrology and water quality at the watershed scale; Wetland and stream monitoring, restoration and modeling; Continuous sensor development and metrology; UV-vis spectrometry for continuous water quality measurements; Image-based sensors; Evaluation of nutrient load uncertainties at the watershed scale.

Honors and Awards

  • University Faculty Scholar, 2018
  • NC State Kenneth R. Keller Research Award for graduate excellence, 2000

Publications

Carbon storage potential in a recently created brackish marsh in eastern North Carolina, USA (vol 127, pg 579, 2019)
Shiau, Y.-J., Burchell, M. R., Krauss, K. W., Broome, S. W., & Birgand, F. (2021, October 1), ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, Vol. 10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106276
Event-scale hysteresis metrics to reveal processes and mechanisms controlling constituent export from watersheds: A review
Liu, W., Birgand, F., Tian, S., & Chen, C. (2021). [Review of , ]. WATER RESEARCH. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117254
Floating treatment wetland retrofit in a stormwater wet pond provides limited water quality improvements
Maxwell, B., Winter, D., & Birgand, F. (2020), ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2020.105784
High-frequency, in situ sampling of field woodchip bioreactors reveals sources of sampling error and hydraulic inefficiencies
Maxwell, B. M., Birgand, F., Schipper, L. A., Barkle, G., Rivas, A. A., Helmers, M. J., & Christianson, L. E. (2020), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110996
Processes and mechanisms controlling nitrate dynamics in an artificially drained field: Insights from high-frequency water quality measurements
Liu, W., Youssef, M. A., Birgand, F. P., Chescheir, G. M., Tian, S., & Maxwell, B. M. (2020), AGRICULTURAL WATER MANAGEMENT, 232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2020.106032
Response of Drainage Water Quality to Fertilizer Applications on a Switchgrass Intercropped Coastal Pine Forest
Muwamba, A., Amatya, D. M., Chescheir, G. M., Nettles, J. E., Appelboom, T., Tollner, E. W., … Callahan, T. (2020), WATER, 12(5). https://doi.org/10.3390/w12051265
Response of Nutrients and Sediment to Hydrologic Variables in Switchgrass Intercropped Pine Forest Ecosystems on Poorly Drained Soil
Muwamba, A., Amatya, D. M., Ssegane, H., Chescheir, G. M., Appelboom, T., Nettles, J. E., … Birgand, F. (2020), WATER AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION, 231(9). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-020-04808-3
Temperature sensitivity of nitrate removal in woodchip bioreactors increases with woodchip age and following drying-rewetting cycles
Maxwell, B. M., Diaz-Garcia, C., Jose Martinez-Sanchez, J., Birgand, F., & Alvarez-Rogel, J. (2020), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-WATER RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY, 6(10), 2752–2765. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0ew00507j
Carbon storage potential in a recently created brackish marsh in eastern North Carolina, USA
Shiau, Y.-J., Burchell, M. R., Krauss, K. W., Broome, S. W., & Birgand, F. (2019), Ecological Engineering, 127, 579–588. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.09.007
Contrasting behavior of nitrate and phosphate flux from high flow events on small agricultural and urban watersheds
Frazar, S., Gold, A. J., Addy, K., Moatar, F., Birgand, F., Schroth, A. W., … Pradhanang, S. M. (2019), Biogeochemistry, 145(1-2), 141–160. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-019-00596-z

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Grants

Hydrological Effects of a Eucalyptus Plantation in Uruguay
(6/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Building a Smarter Pheromone Trap Network: Development of a Real-time, Infrared Sensor for Corn Earworm Pheromone Traps
(2/01/19 - 1/31/21)
Improving performance and examining expansion of constructed wetlands for tertiary treatment of nitrogen from domestic and municipal wastewater
(6/01/18 - 12/31/20)
Collaborative Research: Consequences of Changing Oxygen Availability for Carbon Cycling in Freshwater Ecosystems
(9/01/18 - 8/31/22)
Continuing Intensive Monitoring of Nutrient and Material Load in Claridge Nursery Stream “The Canal”: assessing the water quality impacts & benefits of a stream restoration in the coastal plain
(8/01/16 - 10/31/20)
Quantifying Treatment Potential of Floating Treatment Wetlands to Benefit North Carolina Waters Using Improved Methodology and Novel Technology
(4/01/16 - 8/31/18)
Arsenic Treatment of Contaminated Water Using Surface-Functionalized Fabrics
(7/01/16 - 6/30/17)
Using Smart Control and Real-Time Data Collection to Improve SCM Design and Performance
(10/04/16 - 11/30/20)
Transforming Denitrifying Bioreactor Research and Applications: Unveiling the Inside of the Blackbox
(6/15/16 - 12/14/20)
Intensive Monitoring of Nutrient and Material Load in Claridge Nursery Stream ?The Canal? Pre-,During and Post Construction of Highway 70 Bypass in Wayne County, NC
(5/16/13 - 6/30/16)