Messer - Research


Current Projects

Managing Water Resources at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

PIs: Aaron Mittelstet (Lead), Tiffany Messer, and Troy Gilmore

The overall goal of this project is to identify water inputs and outputs of the tributary flowing throughout the site to better manage irrigation water quanitiy and quality. The specific objectives are: 

  • Measure flow throughout the entire stream system
  • Determine the origin of water throughout the system (percent rainfall vs discharge of treated groundwater into the creek) 
  • Measure seepage and evaporative losses 
  • Identify potential management scenarios for the Research Center to implement (e.g., timing of water releases; lining sections of channel) 
  • Collect water quality samples to aid in the development of future external grant proposals

Peer-Reviewed Publications

        1. Messer, T.L., M.R. Burchell, and F. Bírgand. 2017. Comparison of Four Nitrate Removal Kinetic Models in Two Distinct Wetland Restoration Mesocosm Systems, Water, 9:517.
        2. Messer, T.L., M.R. Burchell, F. Bírgand, S. Broome, and G. Chescheir. 2017. Nitrate Removal Potential of Restored Wetlands Loaded with Agricultural Drainage Water: A Mesocosm Scale Experimental Approach, Ecological Engineering, 106: 541-554.
        3. Messer, T.L., M.R. Burchell, J.K. Böhlke, and C.R. Tobias. 2017. Tracing the Fate of Nitrate through Restored Wetlands: A Mesocosm Scale 15N Enrichment Tracer Study, Ecological Engineering, 106: 597-608.
        4. Wiseman, J., M.R. Burchell, G.L. Grabow, D.L. Osmond, and T.L. Messer. 2014. Groundwater nitrate concentration reductions in a riparian buffer enrolled in the NC Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Journal of American Water Resources Association, 50(3): 653-664.
        5. Messer, T. L., M.R. Burchell, D.L. Osmond, and G.L. Grabow. 2012. Groundwater Nitrate Reductions within Upstream and Downstream Sections of a Riparian Buffer. Ecological Engineering, 47: 397-407.