Michael O'Driscoll

Michael O'Driscoll

Visiting Assistant Professor, Earth & Ocean Sciences

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

My research focuses on identifying and quantifying the factors that regulate groundwater and nutrient inputs to surface waters. I am particularly interested in understanding how anthropogenic disturbances affect streamflow processes and non-point source nutrient and bacteria inputs to shallow aquifers and surface waters. Current research includes investigation of nutrient inputs to Coastal Plain and Piedmont lakes, rivers, and estuaries, restoration of buried urban streams, nutrient exports from coastal package treatment plants, and development of geophysical approaches (electrical resistivity, ground penetrating radar, and electromagnetic induction) to characterize subsurface wastewater plumes in sensitive coastal watersheds.


Humphrey, C, Serozi, B, Iverson, G, Jernigan, J, Pradhan, S, O'Driscoll, M, and Bean, E. "Phosphate treatment by onsite wastewater systems in nutrient-sensitive watersheds of North Carolina's Piedmont." Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research 74, no. 7 (October 2016): 1527-1538.
Humphrey, CP, Jernigan, J, Iverson, G, Serozi, B, O’Driscoll, M, Pradhan, S, and Bean, E. "Field Evaluation of Nitrogen Treatment by Conventional and Single-Pass Sand Filter Onsite Wastewater Systems in the North Carolina Piedmont." Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 227, no. 8 (August 2016).
Iverson, G, O’Driscoll, MA, Humphrey, CP, Manda, AK, and Anderson-Evans, E. "Wastewater Nitrogen Contributions to Coastal Plain Watersheds, NC, USA." Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 226, no. 10 (October 2015).
Schneeberger, CL, O'Driscoll, M, Humphrey, C, Henry, K, Deal, N, Seiber, K, Hill, VR, and Zarate-Bermudez, M. "Fate and transport of enteric microbes from septic systems in a coastal watershed." Journal of environmental health 77, no. 9 (May 2015): 22-30.
Humphrey, C, Pradhan, S, Bean, E, O’Driscoll, M, and Iverson, G. "Preliminary Evaluation of a Permeable Reactive Barrier for Reducing Groundwater Nitrate Transport from a Large Onsite Wastewater System." American Journal of Environmental Sciences 11, no. 4 (April 1, 2015): 216-226.

Recent Grants

awarded by


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 808: Aquatic and Wetland Field Skills (ENVIRON 808: Aquatic and Wetland Field Skills)
ENVIRON 322: Hydrologic and Environmental Data Analysis (ENVIRON 322: Hydrologic and Environmental Data Analysis)
EOS 723: Landscape Hydrology (EOS 723: Landscape Hydrology)
EOS 322: Hydrologic and Environmental Data Analysis (EOS 322: Hydrologic and Environmental Data Analysis)

Contact Information

Mailing Address: Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708
Office: Levine Science Research Center A318, Nicholas School of the Environment
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (2004)
M.Sc., Pennsylvania State University (2000)
B.Sc. (hons), University of Connecticut (1996)