Ecohydrology and Watershed Science



  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 11/2015 - Congratulations to Nitin Singh for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation on hydrological and biogeochemical processes in Southern Appalachian headwater catchments!

  4. 11/2015 - Ryan received a Community Service Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at the 2015 National Conference in Phoenix.

  5. 11/2015 - Ryan coauthored the revised chapter on Hydrology in the second edition of Wetland Soils: Genesis, Hydrology, Landscapes, and Classification, eds. Vepraskas and Craft, forthcoming from CRC Press.

  6. 10/2015 - New article on soil microbial communities and their distribution at Tenderfoot Creek (Montana) published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

  7. 7/2015 - News article on Native high school campers canoeing the Lumber River with Ryan.

  8. 7/2015 - Josh Rice has a new paper on long-term streamflow trends in the US published online in Water Resources Research.

  9. 6/2015 - Two new papers published in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and Water Resources Research on ecohydrological processes in snowmelt-dominated watersheds.

  10. 5/2015 - Group members traveled to Catacamas, Honduras to help install streamflow and weather monitoring stations in the Patuca River headwaters.  See photos page!

  11. 4/2015 - Ryan received tenure and will be promoted to Associate Professor at NCSU.

  12. 3/2015 - A new series of articles in the Coastal Review Online discusses environmental issues on the Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula and features our Coastal SEES research.

  13. 2/2015 - Our STEM outreach work with Native high school students in eastern North Carolina is featured in a local newspaper article.

  14. 1/2015 - Ryan and other Coastal Salinization project leaders attend the Coastal Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (Coastal SEES) investigator meeting at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.

  15. 1/2015 - Alex Moody joins the team as a Ph.D. student to focus on coastal ecohydrology.

  16. 11/2014 - Check out the latest episode of Exploring North Carolina featuring the pocosin, a unique forested wetland of the southeastern US coastal plain. It also features an interview with Ryan.

  17. 11/2014 - Congratulations to Fabian Nippgen for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation focusing on the effects of landscape structure and climate on watershed hydrological processes.  Fabian is co-advised by Brian McGlynn (Duke) and Ryan and is receiving his Ph.D. from Montana State University.

  18. 9/2014 - Ryan and a team of collaborators have been awarded a grant from the NSF Coastal SEES program to study salinization of land and water resources on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula of North Carolina. Read the NSF Press Release here.  The NCSU College of Natural Resources has funded a complementary project that will recruit and train a cohort of 5 doctoral students focusing on salinization and related issues and solutions in the Albemarle-Pamlico region.  Read the recruiting announcement below.

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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.


Fall 2015

FOR 420/520: Watershed Hydrology

NR 595: Wetland Science


No opportunities at this time.


Professional Staff

Theo Jass (Environmental Scientist)


Dr. Abinash Bhattachan

Grad Students

Justine Neville (M.S.)

Wilmer Reyes (Ph.D.)

Josh Rice (Ph.D.)

Nitin Singh (Ph.D.)

Undergrad Students

Jocelyn Painter (B.S.Eng.)

Julie Sikes (B.S.)

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)

*Co-Mentored with Brian McGlynn