Dr. Philippe Vidon

( Desert Research Institute )


(775) 673-7376
  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: division of earth and ecosystem sciences
  • Research Fields: Water Quality, Best Management Practices, Geography
  • Disciplines: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Forest Management/Forest Resources Management, Land Use Planning and Management/Development, Natural Resources and Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
  • Funding:BLM - Bureau of Land Management, DoD - Department of Defense, DoE - Department of Energy, DRI - Desert Research Institute, EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NSF - National Science Foundation, Private Industry, STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDI - United States Department of the Interior, USDoE - United States Department of Education, USFS - U.S. Forest Service, USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


Over a 20+ years career, I have mentored and graduated over 40 graduate students, and hundred of undergraduate students. Today, as the Executive Director of the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute, I mentor faculty on a broad range of topics.


Executive Director for the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

Philippe obtained his PhD in Geography from York University, ON, Canada in 2004, and subsequently occupied professor positions at Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) and at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry a.k.a. ESF, in Syracuse, NY. There he served as Director of the Hydrological Systems Science Council, among other leadership appointments. His most recent research has focused on a broad range of topics including (but not limited to): watershed management, water quality, soil biogeochemistry (e.g., N, P, C, Hg cycling and soil N2O, CO2, and CH4 emissions), bioenergy, and the impact of beaver dam analogues on floodplain hydrogeomorphology and landscape resiliency.