Tiffany Messer

Tiffany Messer

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Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • American Ecological Engineering Society

Water Quality Engineer
University of Kentucky
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Lexington, KY 40506

Academic Degrees

  • PhD., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • B.S., Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky


  • PhD

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Emerging Sensor Technologies
  • Hydrologic and Stable Isotope Tracer Techniques
  • Nutrient and Pesticide Cycling, Fate, and Transport
  • Agricultural Systems
  • Surface Water Hydrology Modeling​
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Engineering Education
  • Environmental Impacts in Developing Countries
  • Groundwater Hydrology Modeling
  • Restoration Assessments of Ecosystem Services
  • Environmental Policy

In the News

Courses Taught

  • Graduate Seminar 1 (BSEN/AGEN 889)
  • Introduction to Wetlands (NRES 468/868)
  • Vadose Zone (AGEN 957)
  • Computer Aided Problem Solving (BSEN 112)

Honors and Awards

  • USDA AFRI NIFA Fellow (2016)
  • EPA STAR Fellow (2012-2015)


  1. Managing Water Resources at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, ARD & US MARC Research Collaborations, 7/3/17 – 12/31/19, A. Mittelstet, T. Messer, and T. Gilmore. Sponsor amount: $83,612, UNL Cost Share: $0, Total Amount: $83,612 (30% Messer)
  2. Photodegradation of Insecticides in Rivers Adjacent to Agricultural Intensive Regions: A Novel Water Quality Monitoring Approach & USDA-NIFA, 1/1/18 – 12/31/21, T. Messer, D. Snow, and M. Doyle. Sponsor amount: $499,547, UNL Cost Share: $0 (80% Messer)
  3. Investigating mobile genetic elements and resistance gene reservoirs towards understanding the emergence and ecology of antimicrobial resistance in beef cattle production systems, USDA-NIFA, 1/1/18 – 12/31/21, S. Fernando, S. Bartlett-Hunt, D. Loy, T. Messer, G. Morota, H. Paz Manzano, A. Schmidt, D. Snow, and R. Stowell, Total Amount: $830,751 (5% Messer).

Selected 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: 517-537.
  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.