Michael Burchell

Associate Professor and Dept. Extension Leader

  • 919-513-7348
  • Weaver Administration Bldg 200

Education

Ph.D. 2003

Biological & Agricultural Engineering

NC State University

M.S. 1996

Civil Engineering

University of Mississippi

B.S. 1992

Biology

NC State University

Research Description

Wetland restoration, Effects of grassed/forested riparian buffers on reducing nutrient/sediment loads to streams, Constructed wetlands for stormwater and wastewater treatment, Innovative stormwater BMPs in coastal areas, Agricultural drainage water management, and Golf course BMPs,

Honors and Awards

  • NC Soil and Water Conservation Society, Professional Achievement Water Quality, 2014
  • NC State/Nancy G. Pollock Dissertation Award, 2003

Publications

Adapting the relaxed tanks-in-series model for stormwater wetland water quality performance
Merriman, L. S. and Hathaway, J. M. and Burchell, M. R. and Hunt, W. F. (2017), Water, 9(9), .
Comparison of four nitrate removal kinetic models in two distinct wetland restoration mesocosm systems
Messer, T. L. and Burchell, M. R. and Birgand, F. (2017), Water, 9(7), .
Comparison of four nitrate removal kinetic models in two distinct wetland restoration mesocosm systems (vol 9, 517, 2017)
Messer, T. L. and Burchell, M. R. and Birgand, F. (2017), Water, 9(9), .
Nitrate removal potential of restored wetlands loaded with agricultural drainage water: A mesocosm scale experimental approach
Messer, T. L. and Burchell, M. R. and Birgand, F. and Broome, S. W. and Chescheir, G. (2017), Ecological Engineering, 106(), 541-554.
Testing the riparian ecosystem management model (REMM) on a riparian buffer with dilution from deep groundwater
Tilak, A. S. and Youssef, M. A. and Burchell, M. R. and Lowrance, R. R. and Williams, R. G. (2017), Transactions of the ASABE, 60(2), 377-392.
Tracking the fate of nitrate through pulse-flow wetlands: A mesocosm scale N-15 enrichment tracer study
Messer, T. L. and Burchell, M. R. and Bohlke, J. K. and Tobias, C. R. (2017), Ecological Engineering, 106(), 597-608.
Greenhouse gas emissions from a created brackish marsh in eastern North Carolina
Shiau, Y. J. and Burchell, M. and Krauss, K. and Birgand, F. and Broome, S. (2016), Wetlands (Wilmington, N.C.), 36(6), 1009-1024.
Quantifying nutrient and suspended solids fluxes in a constructed tidal marsh following rainfall: The value of capturing the rapid changes in flow and concentrations
Etheridge, J. R. and Birgand, F. and Burchell, M. R. (2015), Ecological Engineering, 78(), 41-52.
Seasonal variation in the quality of dissolved and particulate organic matter exchanged between a salt marsh and its adjacent estuary
Osburn, C. L. and Mikan, M. P. and Etheridge, J. R. and Burchell, M. R. and Birgand, F. (2015), Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 120(7), 1430-1449.
Field testing the riparian ecosystem management model on a riparian buffer in the North Carolina upper coastal plain
Tilak, A. S. and Burchell, M. R. and Youssef, M. A. and Lowrance, R. R. and Williams, R. G. (2014), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(3), 665-682.
Groundwater nitrate concentration reductions in a riparian buffer enrolled in the NC Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
Wiseman, J. D. and Burchell, M. R. and Grabow, G. L. and Osmond, D. L. and Messer, T. L. (2014), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(3), 653-664.
Reducing uncertainty in the calibration and validation of the INCA-N model by using soft data
Etheridge, J. R. and Lepisto, A. and Granlund, K. and Rankinen, K. and Birgand, F. and Burchell, M. R. (2014), Hydrology Research, 45(1), 73-88.
Technical note: Alternative in-stream denitrification equation for the INCA-N model
Etheridge, J. R. and Birgand, F. and Burchell, M. R. and Lepisto, A. and Rankinen, K. and Granlund, K. (2014), Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(4), 1467-1473.
Using in situ ultraviolet-visual spectroscopy to measure nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus, and suspended solids concentrations at a high frequency in a brackish tidal marsh
Etheridge, J. R. and Birgand, F. and Osborne, J. A. and Osburn, C. L. and Burchell, M. R. and Irving, J. (2014), Limnology and oceanography-methods, 12(), 10-22.
Addressing the fouling of in situ ultraviolet-visual spectrometers used to continuously monitor water quality in brackish tidal marsh waters
Etheridge, J. R. and Birgand, F. and Burchell, M. R. and Smith, B. T. (2013), Journal of Environmental Quality, 42(6), 1896-1901.
The impact of manipulating surface topography on the hydrologic restoration of a forested coastal wetland
Jarzemsky, R. D. and Burchell, M. R. and Evans, R. O. (2013), Ecological Engineering, 58(), 35-43.
Groundwater nitrate reductions within upstream and downstream sections of a riparian buffer
Messer, T. L. and Burchell, M. R. and Grabow, G. L. and Osmond, D. L. (2012), Ecological Engineering, 47(), 297-307.
Influence of patch size and shape on occupancy by shrubland birds
Shake, C. S. and Moorman, C. E. and Riddle, J. D. and Burchell, M. R. (2012), Condor, 14(2), 268-278.
Cropland edge, forest succession, and landscape affect shrubland bird nest predation
Shake, C. S. and Moorman, C. E. and Burchell, M. R. (2011), Journal of Wildlife Management, 75(4), 825-835.
Feasibility of a Dune Infiltration System to protect North Carolina beaches from fecal bacteria contaminated storm water
Bright, T. M. and Burchell, M. R. and Hunt, W. F. and Price, W. (2011), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 137(10), 968-979.
Organic nitrogen exports from urban stormwater wetlands in North Carolina
Moore, T. L. C. and Hunt, W. F. and Burchell, M. R. and Hathaway, J. M. (2011), Ecological Engineering, 37(4), 589-594.
Surface shading effects on soil C loss in a temperate muck soil
Taggart, M. J. and Heitman, J. L. and Vepraskas, M. J. and Burchell, M. R. (2011), Geoderma, 163(3-4), 238-246.
Impact of storm-water runoff on clogging and fecal bacteria reduction in sand columns
Bright, T. M. and Hathaway, J. M. and Hunt, W. F. and Reyes, F. L. and Burchell, M. R. (2010), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 136(12), 1435-1441.
Management alternatives to enhance water quality and ecological function of channelized streams and drainage canals
Evans, R. O. and Bass, K. L. and Burchell, M. R. and Hinson, R. D. and Johnson, R. and Doxey, M. (2007), Journal of Soil & Water Conservation, 62(4), 308-320.
Substrate organic matter to improve nitrate removal in surface-flow constructed wetlands
Burchell, M. R. and Skaggs, R. W. and Lee, C. R. and Broome, S. and Chescheir, G. M. and Osborne, J. (2007), Journal of Environmental Quality, 36(1), 194-207.
Shallow subsurface drains to reduce nitrate losses from drained agricultural lands
Burchell, M. R. and Skaggs, R. W. and Chescheir, G. M. and Gilliam, J. W. and Arnold, L. A. (2005), Transactions of the ASAE, 48(3), 1079-1089.

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Grants

Developing and Testing Wetland Hydrology Performance Criteria for Restoration Sites
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/01/18 - 9/30/21)
Improving performance and examining expansion of constructed wetlands for tertiary treatment of nitrogen from domestic and municipal wastewater
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(6/01/18 - 5/29/19)
Restored wetlands to improve water quality in agricultural watersheds – a pilot-scale study
North Carolina Coastal Federation(3/01/17 - 9/28/18)
Field Testing of Mesocosm-Scale Derived Nitrate Removal Models to Verify Water Quality Improvement Potential of Restored Coastal Forested Wetlands
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(9/01/16 - 12/31/18)
Efficacy of linear wetlands to treat agricultural drainage water in the Little River watershed
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(3/01/16 - 12/31/18)
In-stream wetlands as part of the Little River watershed restoration project
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(1/01/16 - 6/30/19)
Development and promotion of drainage water management systems adapted to maximize crop production in response to climate variability
US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture(1/01/16 - 9/30/18)
Comprehensive Wetland Monitoring Network and Spatial Database for North Carolina’s Coastal Plain and Piedmont Regions
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/01/14 - 3/31/19)
Eden Area Watershed Modeling Project
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(5/01/13 - 11/30/14)
Wetland Restoration at Great Dismal Swamp State Park
US Fish & Wildlife Service(1/01/13 - 2/01/17)