North Carolina State University Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Biogeochemistry & Ecological Engineering

The purpose of this program led by Dr. François Birgand in the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering is to conduct research and teaching to provide means to improve the quality of ground and surface waters in largely rural watersheds.

The Teaching component seeks to provide the in-depth knowledge in Biology, Water Chemistry and Hydrology necessary to understand natural dissipation processes and improve Ecological Treatment in man-made systems.


  • University of Florida Water in the Landscape Distinguished Seminar Series "Moving Forward in Nutrient Research and Management: Critical Knowledge Provided by High Time Resolution Water Quality Data" by Dr. François Birgand. See video here
  • We have created some videos to better illustrate the highly dynamic nature of our restored tidal marsh. You may want to view the video here.

  • Our results on expanding the use of UV-vis spectrometers have received local and national attention.
  • Our results were featured as a Breaking story at NSF in March 2014
  • Our results appeared in the NCSU News Room
  • Also appeared in the ASABE Resource Magazine
  • Our results appeared in the NC WRRI Jan-March News letter
  • Rhett Register from North Carolina Sea Grant also wrote a nice article about our work in this summer issue of Coastwatch summer issue of Coastwatch, also available online
François Birgand