Michael O'Driscoll

Michael O'Driscoll

Adjunct Associate 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.


Iverson, G., C. P. Humphrey, M. A. O’Driscoll, C. Sanderford, J. Jernigan, and B. Serozi. “Nutrient exports from watersheds with varying septic system densities in the North Carolina Piedmont..” Journal of Environmental Management 211 (April 2018): 206–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.01.063.
Iverson, G., C. P. Humphrey, M. H. Postma, M. A. O’Driscoll, A. K. Manda, and A. Finley. “Influence of Sewered Versus Septic Systems on Watershed Exports of E. coli.” Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 228, no. 7 (July 2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-017-3426-1.
Humphrey, Charles, Brent Serozi, Guy Iverson, Jordan Jernigan, Sushama Pradhan, Michael O’Driscoll, and Eban Bean. “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): 1527–38. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2016.355.
Humphrey, Charles P., Jordan Jernigan, Guy Iverson, Brent Serozi, Michael O’Driscoll, Sushama Pradhan, and Eban Bean. “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). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-016-2958-0.
Iverson, G., M. A. O’Driscoll, C. P. Humphrey, A. K. Manda, and E. Anderson-Evans. “Wastewater Nitrogen Contributions to Coastal Plain Watersheds, NC, USA.” Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 226, no. 10 (October 1, 2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-015-2574-4.


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: 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, 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)