Paul C. Davidson
Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Dr. Davidson is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Davidson grew up on a farm in rural Illinois before completing his B.S. (2005), M.S. (2007), and Ph.D. (2010) degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from UIUC. He then spent 4 years in environmental consulting, researching and monitoring the fate and transport of agricultural pesticides from nonpoint sources of pollution, before returning to academia. Dr. Davidson’s research now focuses on watershed hydrology and addressing water quality issues that arise from nonpoint sources of pollution. More specifically, his research addresses a growing concern over chemical and microbial transport by increasing our understanding of transport kinetics in natural environments and by designing and evaluating methods and practices to reduce the transport of these contaminants to surface water sources. Agricultural land is a source of many nonpoint pollutants, so his goal as an Agricultural and Biological Engineer is to work with farmers and other stakeholders to develop a solution that protects the quality of our water resources while maintaining efficient farming operations.
Pathogen, nutrient, and chemical transport in water
Erosion and sediment control
Agricultural and environmental sustainability