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BAE Welcomes New Faculty

Join us in welcoming Natalie Nelson, the newest faculty to join the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Nelson joined BAE in August as an assistant professor.

“I’m really looking forward to engaging students in the use of computational tools, and learning more about the fantastic research programs here in BAE,” notes Nelson. “I can’t wait to work with my colleagues and students to dive into some of the remarkable datasets researchers are producing in this department!”

Nelson is the Principal Investigator of the Biosystems Analytics Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida with the support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, and she has conducted research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as a Research Affiliate and NSF Graduate Research Intern.

“Through research and teaching, I hope that my enthusiasm for data analysis and modeling will be imparted on the students here at BAE,” Nelson adds.

Research in the Biosystems Analytics Lab (BAL) takes a data-intensive, management-focused, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of complex biological system dynamics. Lab research areas include:

  • Applying data analytics and integrated models to inform agriculture, aquaculture, water, and coastal resources management
  • Estimating estuarine system futures as a function of local and global change
  • Quantifying ecological impacts of cultural eutrophication
  • Linking data mining and mechanistic modeling approaches
  • Investigating spatial and temporal dynamics of socio-environmental systems across settings and scales

Hear from her in the UF/IFAS IrriGator blog as she talks about her past work and what she plans to accomplish at NC State.