Brian McGlynn

Brian McGlynn

Professor of Watershed Hydrology & Biogeosciences

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

Our field-based research focuses on the spatial and temporal scaling of hydrological and ecological processes across natural and disturbed watersheds and stream networks.

In The News


Singh, N. K., R. E. Emanuel, F. Nippgen, B. L. McGlynn, and C. F. Miniat. “The Relative Influence of Storm and Landscape Characteristics on Shallow Groundwater Responses in Forested Headwater Catchments.” Water Resources Research 54, no. 12 (December 1, 2018): 9883–9900.
Kaiser, K. E., and B. L. McGlynn. “Nested Scales of Spatial and Temporal Variability of Soil Water Content Across a Semiarid Montane Catchment.” Water Resources Research 54, no. 10 (October 1, 2018): 7960–80.
Ross, M. R. V., F. Nippgen, B. A. Hassett, B. L. McGlynn, and E. S. Bernhardt. “Pyrite Oxidation Drives Exceptionally High Weathering Rates and Geologic CO2 Release in Mountaintop-Mined Landscapes.” Global Biogeochemical Cycles 32, no. 8 (August 1, 2018): 1182–94.
Kaiser, K. E., B. L. McGlynn, and J. E. Dore. “Landscape analysis of soil methane flux across complex terrain.” Biogeosciences 15, no. 10 (May 25, 2018): 3143–67.
Zimmer, M. A., and B. L. McGlynn. “Lateral, Vertical, and Longitudinal Source Area Connectivity Drive Runoff and Carbon Export Across Watershed Scales.” Water Resources Research 54, no. 3 (March 1, 2018): 1576–98.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
EOS 791: Independent Study (EOS 791: Independent Study)
EOS 393: Research Independent Study (EOS 393: Research Independent Study)

Contact Information

3115 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328, Environment Hall 3115
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (2002)
M.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (1997)
A.B., Gettysburg College (1993)