Tiffany Messer

Tiffany Messer

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Title Water Quality Engineer/Scientist
Address 217 Chase Hall
P. O. Box 830726
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-2232
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Dr. Messer will join the BSE Department beginning January 2017. She holds degrees in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (University of Kentucky, B.S., 2008) and Biological and Agricultural Engineering (North Carolina State University, M.S. 2010, PhD, 2015). Messer will complete her postdoctoral appointment in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in December 2016, where her research has focused on nutrient and insecticide fate and transport in stream systems. Her research interests reside at the intersection of engineering, ecology, and agriculture with an emphasis on environmental biogeochemistry and water resources in agricultural landscapes. Her research focuses on

  1. Emerging technologies such as nutrient recovery from animal manures
  2. Arising issues in water quality associated with the fate, transport and remediation of emerging contaminants in stream, wetland, and agricultural ecosystems
  3. Assessing risk management and/or mitigation of water-borne contaminants.

She will be teaching courses in water quality, environmental engineering, and related areas. Messer received an EPA STAR Fellowship in 2012 that supported majority of her doctoral research and the North Carolina State University Certificate in Teaching in 2014. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES).

Selected Publications

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. Online
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. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Kentucky, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (2008)
  • MS - North Carolinat State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering (2010)
  • PhD - North Carolinat State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering (2015)


  • 2019 – Parent's Recognition Award awarded by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and Parents Association 
  • 2016 – USDA AFRI NIFA Fellow awarded by USDA 
  • 2012 – EPA STAR Fellow awarded by Environmental Protection Agency  

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Environmental Science

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Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers
    • Member 
  • American Society of Ecological Engineers
    • Member 

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Areas of Interest

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

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Survey of Groundwater Transit Times and Nitrate Delivery to Bazile Creek
Starting Date 7/13/2018
Principal Investigators
Troy Gilmore
Tiffany Messer
Aaron Mittelstet
Ending Date 5/31/2020
Funding Level $15,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Economic Quality


Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Environmental Restoration Science
  • Water Science
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences