Ecohydrology and Watershed Science

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

  1. 11/2014 - Check out the latest episode of Exploring North Carolina that features forested wetlands of the NC coastal plain and includes an interview with Ryan.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 7/2014 - Congratulations to Wilmer Reyes for receiving a 3-year Russell E. Train Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund.  His work in Honduras will help to understand connections between watershed processes, land and water management and health of the Mesoamerican Reef.

  5. 7/2014 - Congratulations to Susan Gale for successfully defending her Master’s Thesis on links between watershed characteristics, hydrological regimes and in-stream ecological conditions!

  6. 6/2014 - New invited commentary in Ecohydrology on ecohydrological flow networks.

  7. 5/2014 - Congratulations to Dale Prihoda for receiving his BS degree in Environmental Technology and Management!

  8. 4/2014 - New Paper in Physical Geography on the spatial organization of land use in the Little Tennessee watershed by Josh Rice.

  9. 2/2014 - Congratulations to Nitin Singh for receiving a Global Change Fellowship from the Southeast Climate Science Center for the 2014-2015 academic year.


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ABOUT THE LAB

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, Virginia and Montana and include investigations of 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.


COURSES

Fall

FOR 420/520: Watershed Hydrology

FOR 595-007: Mountain Ecohydrology Field Course


Spring

NR 421/521: Wetland Assessment, Delineation, and Regulation (Moving to Fall Semester in 2014).


STUDENT / POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES

Ph.D. Student - Salinization of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula of North Carolina: We invite highly qualified candidates to apply for a graduate research assistantship on a new project funded by the National Science Foundation Coastal SEES program and the NCSU College of Natural Resources.  The successful candidate will study landscape salinization and impacts on freshwater-dependent ecosystems in coastal North Carolina as part of a larger, interdisciplinary effort to understand coupled human and natural processes associated with climate-driven salinization of surface waters and adjacent lands.  The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary cohort of doctoral students whose research foci will span natural and social sciences.  Desired qualifications include a Master’s degree in hydrology or related environmental sciences, experience with hydrological fieldwork, expertise in Matlab or similar analytical software, and familiarity with geospatial computing tools.  Exceptionally qualified Bachelor’s degree holders will also be considered.  The required starting date is January 2015.  Contact Ryan for application instructions.


Postdoctoral Scholar - Salinization of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula of North Carolina: We invite highly qualified candidates to apply for a postdoctoral research position focusing on landscape salinization and impacts on freshwater-dependent ecosystems in coastal North Carolina.  The position is part of a larger, interdisciplinary effort to understand coupled human and natural processes associated with climate-driven salinization of surface waters and adjacent lands funded by NSF Coastal SEES and the NCSU College of Natural Resources.  The successful candidate will help develop geospatial indices of landscape vulnerability to salinization and will help integrate these indices into formal assessments of climate and land use impacts.  Desired qualifications include (1) a Ph.D. in hydrology, environmental science or related discipline, (2) technical expertise in GIS, satellite image analysis and scientific computing (e.g. Matlab, R), (3) a demonstrated record of interdisciplinary environmental research, (4) demonstrated ability to work independently and productively, (5) excellent oral and written communication skills, and (6) experience with spatially distributed hydrological modeling. The desired starting date is January 2015, and the position includes a competitive package of salary and benefits.  The position is offered for one year with a second year contingent upon performance.  To apply, send a cover letter, CV and sample publication to Ryan.  Review of applications begins immediately.
















CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENT RESEARCHERS

Grad Students

Susan Gale (M.S., NCSU)

Fabian Nippgen (Ph.D., MSU)

Wilmer Reyes (Ph.D., NCSU)

Josh Rice (M.S., NCSU)

Nitin Singh (Ph.D., NCSU)

Liz Ward (M.S., NCSU)


Undergrad Students

Taylor Kiker (B.S., NCSU)

Jocelyn Painter (B.S.Eng., NCSU)


Former Students and Post-Docs

Brittany Anstead (B.S. NCSU, 2013)

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

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

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

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

Alex Moody B.S., AppState, 2011)

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

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

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)

Stephen Mitchell (Post-Doc, 2012)


POST-DOC RESEARCHERS

Ruchi Bhattacharya (NCSU)

We are recruiting both a Ph.D. student and a postdoc for a new coastal ecohydrology project.  See descriptions at bottom of page or click here for advertisement.

We are part of a new, NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program in basic and environmental soil science.   Check the link above for details and deadlines.

RECRUITING

INTERNSHIP

1) Ph.D. Student

2) Postdoc