Ecohydrology and Watershed Science



  1. 7/2017 - New piece in Science magazine on Flawed Environmental Justice Analyses.

  2. 5/2017 - Congratulations to Spring 2017 graduates, Jocelyn Painter (B.S.Eng.) and Wilmer Reyes (Ph.D.)!

  3. 5/2017 - Josh Rice’s work on links between watershed characteristics and streamflow responses to El Niño-Southern Oscillation just accepted by Water Resources Research. (link forthcoming)

  4. 4/2017 - Video of Ryan’s speech at the Raleigh March for Science.

  5. 3/2017 - Read Ryan’s general assembly address from the North Carolina Indian Unity Conference (including links to follow-up readings).

  6. 3/2017 - Congratulations to Wilmer Reyes for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation on landscape complexity and heterogeneity!

  7. 2/2017 - Andrea Stewart receives a scholarship from the NC Association of Environmental Professionals!

  8. 1/2017 - Read about Ryan’s public presentation for UNC-Pembroke’s Native American Speaker Series.

  9. 12/2016 - Abinash Bhattachan, Justine Neville, Jocelyn Painter, Josh Rice, and Ryan present at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

  10. 12/2016 - NCSU Center for Geospatial Analytics names Ryan a Faculty Fellow.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 11/2016 - Ryan participates in the 21st annual American Indian Heritage Celebration at the NC Museum of History, presenting on indigenous water issues.

  14. 11/2016 - Ryan presents at the Distinguished Speaker Series at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

  15. 11/2016 - Ryan presents on Lumbee water knowledge and environmental concerns at the American Society for Ethnohistory conference in Nashville, TN.

  16. 11/2016 - Video recording of UCAR congressional briefing now on YouTube.  Watch it here.

  17. 9/2016 - Ryan discusses ecohydrology research and indigenous communities at a UCAR congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

  18. 8/2016 - USDA Center for Integrated Forest Science highlights Lumbee River project on their website.

  19. 8/2016 - Nitin Singh heads to the University of Vermont for a postdoc in the Rubenstein School!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 5/2016 - Congratulations to new NCSU graduates, Josh Rice (Ph.D.), Nitin Singh (Ph.D.), and Julie Sikes (B.S.)!

  23. 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.

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We focus on quantifying water, carbon, and energy exchange between landscapes and the atmosphere; exploring the interface of soils, vegetation and the atmosphere; and understanding ecohydrological processes in the face of global change.  We also study implications of these processes for society, especially vulnerable communities struggling with legacies of environmental degradation and inequity.


Fall 2017

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.)

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)

Wilmer Reyes (Ph.D. NCSU, 2017)

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