1. 12/2016 - Listen to Ryan’s interview with American Indian Airwaves on KPFK in Los Angeles. Host Larry Smith and Ryan discuss Hurricane Matthew, industrial agriculture, and natural gas pipelines in eastern North Carolina.

  2. 11/2016 - NC State names Ryan one of 22 new University Faculty Scholars, a group of emerging academic leaders at North Carolina’s largest university.

  3. 11/2016 - Ryan participates in the 21st annual American Indian Heritage Celebration at the NC Museum of History, presenting on indigenous water issues.

  4. 11/2016 - Ryan presents at the Distinguished Speaker Series at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

  5. 11/2016 - Ryan joins the American Society for Ethnohistory and presents on Lumbee water knowledge and environmental concerns at the Society’s annual conference in Nashville, TN.

  6. 11/2016 - Video recording of UCAR congressional briefing posted to YouTube.  Watch it here.

  7. 9/2016 - Ryan discusses ecohydrology research and indigenous communities at a UCAR congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

  8. 8/2016 - USDA Center for Integrated Forest Science highlights Lumbee River project on their website.

  9. 8/2016 - Nitin Singh heads to the University of Vermont for a postdoc in the Rubenstein School!

  10. 7/2016 - New paper by Josh Rice in Journal of Hydrology combines “big data” methods and wavelets to understand drivers of long-term trends in U.S. streamflow.

  11. 6/2016 - New paper on stream water isotopes by Nitin Singh published in Water Resources Research shows the complexity of baseflow in small, headwater catchments.

  12. 5/2016 - Congratulations to new NCSU graduates, Josh Rice (Ph.D.), Nitin Singh (Ph.D.), and Julie Sikes (B.S.)!

  13. 4/2016 - New papers on land application of wastewater by Andrew Birch (friend of the lab) and on long-term records of dissolved organic carbon by Nitin Singh, both in press in the Journal of Environmental Quality.

  14. 4/2016 - Ryan attended the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Leadership Summit in Minnesota.

  15. 4/2016 - Ryan presented research this month at the Southeast Indian Studies Conference (UNC Pembroke), the USGS National Research Program (National Center, Reston), and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Colloquium (UNC Chapel Hill).

  16. 3/2016 - Ryan traveled to Idaho State University for a seminar in the Department of Biology.

  17. 2/2016 - Congratulations to Josh Rice for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation focusing on long-term hydrologic changes and the role of watershed spatial characteristics!

  18. 12/2015 - Our open access paper on interbasin water transfers was just published in Environmental Research Letters. This work analyzes the only existing national inventory of interbasin water transfers and is based on the research of former student John Buckley with collaborators from the US Forest Service.

  19. 11/2015 - Congratulations to Nitin Singh for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation on hydrological and biogeochemical processes in Southern Appalachian headwater catchments!

  20. 11/2015 - Ryan received a Community Service Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at the 2015 National Conference in Phoenix.

  21. 11/2015 - Ryan coauthored an update to the popular chapter on Hydrology from Wetland Soils: Genesis, Hydrology, Landscapes, and Classification, eds. Vepraskas and Craft, forthcoming from CRC Press.

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We focus on quantifying mass and energy exchange between vegetated landscapes and the atmosphere at scales ranging from individual leaves to entire watersheds; exploring the interface of soils, vegetation and the atmosphere in a watershed context; and understanding water and biogeochemical cycles in the face of global change. 

Projects are currently underway in North Carolina and elsewhere that focus on: coupled carbon and water cycles in a variety of ecosystems; understanding vegetation processes in a watershed context; and assessing secondary succession using remote sensing tools.


Summer 2016

CNR 295: Contemporary American Indian Issues (Part of NCSU’s Native Education Forum)

Fall 2016

FOR 420/520: Watershed Hydrology


No opportunities at this time.

Ryan E. Emanuel, Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources



Theo Jass (Environmental Scientist)


Dr. Abinash Bhattachan

Dr. Josh Rice

Grad Students

Justine Neville (M.S.)

Wilmer Reyes (Ph.D.)

Andrea Stewart (M.S.)

Undergrad Students

Jocelyn Painter (B.S.Eng.)

Former Students and Post-Docs

Brittany Anstead (B.S. NCSU, 2013)

Jessica Anstead (B.S. NCSU, 2015)

Will Beuttell (B.S. 2008, M.S. 2011, both from AppState)

Ruchi Bhattacharya (Post-Doc, 2012)

John Buckley (M.N.R., NCSU, 2013)

Susan Gale (M.S., NCSU, 2014)

Anna Hazen (B.S., AppState, 2011)

Kendra Kaiser* (B.S., MSU, 2011)

Taylor Kiker (B.S., NCSU, 2015)

Stephen Mitchell (Post-Doc, 2012)

Alex Moody B.S., AppState, 2011)

Oby Morgan (B.S., AppState, 2011)

Adam Motsinger (B.S., AppState, 2008)

Fabian Nippgen* (Ph.D., MSU, 2014)

Cormac O’Doherty (M.S., NCSU, 2013)

Michael Oxendine (B.S., AppState, 2011)

Dale Prihoda (B.S., NCSU, 2014)

Alan Shafer (B.S. NCSU, 2012)

Julie Sikes (B.S. NCSU, 2016)

Nitin Singh (Ph.D. NCSU, 2016)

Christian Vose (B.S. NCSU, 2013)

*Co-Mentored with Brian McGlynn

Ecohydrology and Watershed Science

@NC State