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Ryan Emanuel

Dr. Ryan E. Emanuel
Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar
Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8008
Raleigh, NC 27695-8008
Term:  June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2023

Dr. Ryan E. Emanuel is an associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University, where he has been recognized as an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and University Faculty Scholar.  Emanuel is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with expertise in hydrology and ecology. His work includes numerical modeling, remote sensing, and fieldwork to understand how vegetation and terrain affect hydrological and biogeochemical processes in natural and human-altered landscapes.  He has led research efforts in the southeastern US, in the Rocky Mountains, and elsewhere. Emanuel is an enrolled citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and he also works to illuminate impacts of environmental change on Indigenous communities and to identify barriers and solutions to Indigenous participation in environmental governance. 

Emanuel has received awards for service to Indigenous communities from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and from the United Tribes of North Carolina. He is the recipient of North Carolina State University’s annual sustainability award and the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network’s annual award for academic research. 

Emanuel advises the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs on environmental justice policy, and he has held positions on local and statewide advisory boards for American Indian education.  He serves on the academic advisory council of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and on the diversity and inclusion advisory committee of the American Geophysical Union.  He formerly served on the education and outreach committee of CUAHSI, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.  Emanuel holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Geology from Duke University.

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