Nicolas Zegre

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Nicolas P. Zegre, PhD

Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology

Contact Information

West Virginia University
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources
PO Box 6125
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125

Telephone: (304) 293-0049
Fax: (304) 293-2441
Email: nicolas.zegre@mail.wvu.edu

The Mountain Hydrology Laboratory


Ph.D., 2008, Forest Engineering (Hydrology),
Department of Forest Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Dissertation: The effects of contemporary forest harvesting practices headwater and basin-scale hydrology and water quality

M.S., 2003, Forest Resources, focus in forest hydrology,
Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA
Thesis: The hillslope hydrology of a mountain pasture: the influence of subsurface flow on nitrate and ammonium transport

B.S., 2000, B.S., Forest Resource Management,
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Professional Employment

Courses Taught

Watershed Hydrology – FHYD 644, 3 credits, fall.
A quantitative and qualitative understanding of principles governing the occurrence, distribution, and circulation of water near the Earth’s surface. Emphasis is on the physical understanding and parameterization of hydrologic processes and the water cycle. Download syllabus

Watershed Management – FHYD 444, 3 credits, spring.
Introduction and synthesis of watershed processes in forest ecosystems with emphasis on watershed management and the impacts of disturbances such as energy development, landuse-land cover change, and climate change on water quantity and water quality. Download syllabus

Field Watershed Hydrology – FHYD 493A/FMAN 693A, 3 credits, periodic spring.
This class will introduce students to methods, techniques, & equipment used to study hydrologic systems including climate, streams, riparian areas, hillslopes, and watersheds. The class will involve the collection, analysis, and synthesis of hydrometric data and is broken into computational lab and field lab components.

Research Interests

Watershed and forest hydrology, land use and climate change effects on water resources, forest watershed management, ecological and hydrological linkages, riparian processes, hydrologic behavior change detection, hydrologic modeling and statistics, and water quality

Professional Affiliations

Selected Publications

Sun, P., Z. Yu, S. Liu, X. Wei, J. Wang, and N. Zégre. 2012. Climate change, growing season water deficit and vegetation activity along the north-south transect of Eastern China from 1982 through 2006. Hydrology and Earth Systems Science-D. doi:10.5194/hessd-9-6649-2012.

Som, Nicholas A., Nicolas P. Zégre, Lisa M. Ganio & Arne E. Skaugset. 2012. Corrected prediction intervals for change detection in paired watershed studies, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57:1, 134-143.

Pitchford, J.L, C. Wu, L. Lin, J. T. Petty, R. Thomas, W. E. Veselka, D. Welsch, N. Zégre and J. T. Anderson. 2011. Climate Change Effects on Hydrology and Ecology of Wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands. Wetlands. doi 10.1007/s13157-011-0259-3.

Zégre, N. 2011. Evaluating the hydrologic effects of forest harvesting and regrowth using a simple rainfall-runoff model. Journal of Environmental Hydrology. 19 (11):1-10.

Zégre, N., A. E. Skaugset, N. A. Som, J. J. McDonnell, and L. M. Ganio. 2010. In lieu of the paired catchment approach: Hydrologic model change detection at the catchment scale, Water Resources Research, 46, W11544, doi:10.1029/2009WR008601.

Johnson, J.B., J.E. Gates, and N. Zégre. 2010. Seasonal bat activity on coastal barrier islands in Maryland, USA. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. doi: 10.1007/s10661-010-1415-6.