Current Lab Members

Ryan E. Emanuel, PhD – Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and University Faculty Scholar   Twitter | CV | Website 


Ryan leads the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science group at NC State.  His interdisciplinary interests are rooted in hydrologic science and include plant and soil ecology, atmospheric science, and other environmental sciences.  With expertise in field observation, numerical modeling, remote sensing, and more, he and his team pursue wide ranging research questions that explore links between climate change, water, ecosystems, and people.  Ryan is a citizen of the Lumbee Tribe and works with Native communities and organizations to promote STEM education and cross-cultural understanding between Indigenous peoples and western scientists.  He holds a B.S. in Geology from Duke University and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.  Ryan joined NCSU in 2010 and has been a faculty member in the UNC system since 2007.

Graduate Students

Justine Neville

Justine Neville – PhD Student
Justine is a PhD candidate in the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab studying saltwater intrusion in coastal North Carolina. She seeks to understand the probabilistic nature of inundation with saltwater due to storm surge or drought using hydrochemical and synthetic aperture radar data. On the side, Justine is interested socio-hydrology and is part of a SESYNC team synthesizing water quality inequality across central Appalachia. In her spare time, Justine de-stresses with an assortment of outdoor activities such as running and rock-climbing.






Jocelyn Painter

Jocelyn Painter – PhD Student
Jocelyn is a PhD student in the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Group, her current research focuses on modeling climate and land use change impacts on streamflow using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT).  Jocelyn is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, and her motivation to study water and the environment stem from her desire to incorporate indigenous forms of knowledge into western science and make science more accessible and useful to tribal communities. Prior to graduate school, she received a B.S. in Biological Engineering from NC State and worked as a Civil Designer. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and playing basketball.




Jasmine Gregory, NCSU Environmental Sciences

Lizzie Lightning, REU Student, Northeastern State University

Jalen Rose, NCSU Biology/Philosophy

Lab Alumni

Recent Alumni Profiles:

Matthias Sprenger, PhD – Visiting Scientist / Postdoc  Website | Twitter
Matthias was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by the German Research Foundation working with the research group Surface Hydrology and Erosion at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) in Barcelona, Spain on “Water Age Dynamics in a Mediterranean Catchment and their Ecohydrological Implications in a Changing Environment”. Matthias is interested in investigating ecohydrological research questions using stable isotopes as a tracer for water in the critical zone. He studied Environmental Science and Biogeosciences at the University of Bayreuth, University of Iceland, and University Koblenz-Landau and got his PhD in Hydrology at University of Freiburg in 2015. Since then, he worked as a postdoc at the University of Aberdeen and the IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona before working with the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab from 2018 until 2020.

Kaitlin Brätt, BS – NCSU Sustainable Biomaterials
Kaitlin Brӓtt is a recent NCSU graduate from Cary, N.C. with a BS in Sustainable Materials and Technology. In an independent study under Dr. Emanuel, she studied the level of similarity of environmental justice analyses in federal permitting documents. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Sheila Saia, PhD – Postdoctoral Researcher  Website
Sheila is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Her research with the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science group focused on linking hydrologic model outputs and demographics data to guide climate change adaptation planning. She is broadly interested in research questions exploring the relationships between to humans and water resources. When she’s not researching, she enjoys rock climbing, biking, cooking, and maintaining her cultures (i.e., sourdough and kombucha).

Andrea Stewart Medenblik, MS   Website | Twitter | Email
Andrea Stewart Medenblik is a Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey – South Atlantic Water Science Center. Her research interests include ecohydrology, isotope hydrology, water quality, watershed modeling, and geospatial analysis. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, she received an MS in Natural Resources from NC State University in 2019. Her thesis used stable isotopes to describe plant water use at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. Prior to graduate school, she received a BS in Environmental Science from UNC Chapel Hill and worked in environmental consulting. Andrea continues to reside in the Raleigh, NC area and enjoys cycling, gardening, and geocaching.

Former Students and Staff:

Will Beuttell, BS (AppState) – Applications Engineer, EKO Instruments

Abi Bhattachan, Postdoc (NCSU) – Postdoc, UCLA

Ruchi Bhattacharya, Scientist (NCSU) – Postdoc, University of Waterloo

Andrew Birch, BS (NCSU) – PhD Student, University of Colorado

John Buckley, MNR (NCSU) – Geospatial Analyst, RTI International

Susan Gale, MS (NCSU) – Water Quality Specialist, City of Durham

Anna Hazen, BS (AppState)

Theo Jass, Environmental Scientist (NCSU)

Jendayi Joell, BS (NCSU)

Alex Moody, BS (AppState) – Hydrogeologist, Idaho Department of Water

Oby Morgan, BS (AppState)

Cormac O’Doherty, MS (NCSU)

Michael Oxendine, BS (AppState) – Research Technologist, Northwestern University

Adam Motsinger, BS (AppState)

Fabian Nippgen, PhD (Co-Advised, Montana State) – Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

Wilmer Reyes, PhD (NCSU) – Rector, National Agricultural University of Honduras

Josh Rice, PhD (NCSU)

Michael Sanderson, BS (NCSU)

Alan Shafer, BS (NCSU)

Nitin Singh, PhD (NCSU)

Brittany Anstead Turner, BS (NCSU) – Energy Analyst, EcoWorks Detroit

Liz Ward, Master’s Student (NCSU)