Michael Burchell

Associate Professor and Dept. Extension Leader

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Research Description

Restoration techniques for prior converted wetlands and tidal marshes, Effects of grassed/forested riparian buffers on reducing nutrient/sediment loads to streams, Design and monitoring of stormwater constructed wetlands (Stormwater Wetland Construction Guidance), Innovative stormwater BMPs in coastal areas, Stability of restored coastal streams, Golf course BMPs Constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment

Honors and Awards

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


Comparison of four nitrate removal kinetic models in two distinct wetland restoration mesocosm systems (vol 9, 517, 2017)
Messer, T. L., Burchell, M. R., & Birgand, F. (2017), Water, 9(9).
Adapting the relaxed tanks-in-series model for stormwater wetland water quality performance
Merriman, L. S., Hathaway, J. M., Burchell, M. R., & Hunt, W. F. (2017), Water, 9(9).
Nitrate removal potential of restored wetlands loaded with agricultural drainage water: A mesocosm scale experimental approach
Messer, T. L., Burchell, M. R., Birgand, F., Broome, S. W., & Chescheir, G. (2017), Ecological Engineering, 106, 541-554.
Tracking the fate of nitrate through pulse-flow wetlands: A mesocosm scale N-15 enrichment tracer study
Messer, T. L., Burchell, M. R., Bohlke, J. K., & Tobias, C. R. (2017), Ecological Engineering, 106, 597-608.
Comparison of four nitrate removal kinetic models in two distinct wetland restoration mesocosm systems
Messer, T. L., Burchell, M. R., & Birgand, F. (2017), Water, 9(7).
Testing the riparian ecosystem management model (REMM) on a riparian buffer with dilution from deep groundwater
Tilak, A. S., Youssef, M. A., Burchell, M. R., Lowrance, R. R., & Williams, R. G. (2017), Transactions of the ASABE, 60(2), 377-392.
Greenhouse gas emissions from a created brackish marsh in eastern North Carolina
Shiau, Y. J., Burchell, M., Krauss, K., Birgand, F., & Broome, S. (2016), Wetlands (Wilmington, N.C.), 36(6), 1009-1024.
Seasonal variation in the quality of dissolved and particulate organic matter exchanged between a salt marsh and its adjacent estuary
Osburn, C. L., Mikan, M. P., Etheridge, J. R., Burchell, M. R., & Birgand, F. (2015), Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 120(7), 1430-1449.
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., Birgand, F., & Burchell, M. R. (2015), Ecological Engineering, 78, 41-52.
Field testing the riparian ecosystem management model on a riparian buffer in the North Carolina upper coastal plain
Tilak, A. S., Burchell, M. R., Youssef, M. A., Lowrance, R. R., & Williams, R. G. (2014), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(3), 665-682.

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Restored wetlands to improve water quality in agricultural watersheds – a pilot-scale study
North Carolina Coastal Federation(3/01/17 - 3/30/18)
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 - 2/28/18)
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 - 8/31/18)
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 - 12/31/17)
Comprehensive Wetland Monitoring Network and Spatial Database for North Carolina’s Coastal Plain and Piedmont Regions
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/01/14 - 9/30/18)
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)
A Mesocosm Study to Determine Nitrogen Assimilation Capacity of a Restored Wetland Slated to Receive Pumped Drainage Water - a Critical Component to Maximize Improvement to the Pamlico Sound
NCSU Water Resources Research Institute(3/01/13 - 2/26/16)
Predicting Water Quality Impacts of Rerouting Drainage Water From the Pamlico Sound to Restored Wetlands
NCSU Sea Grant Program(9/01/12 - 8/31/14)