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Natalie Nelson


Dr. Natalie Nelson is an Associate Professor and  University Faculty Scholar  in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at NC State. She is also Principal Investigator of the Coastal & Watershed Analytics Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Hydrologic Sciences from the University of Florida. Dr. Nelson joined BAE in August 2017.


B.S. Agricultural and Biological Engineering University of Florida 2012

Ph.D. Agricultural and Biological Engineering University of Florida 2017

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Nelson’s research focuses on characterizing and modeling nonpoint source pollution in inland and coastal waters, and takes a watershed-scale approach to studying where and why nonpoint source pollution occurs. More specifically, studies in her lab investigate: (1) How agricultural and maricultural systems influence, and are influenced by, water quality; (2) Ways in which climate-driven changes in freshwater and sea level affect water quality and biota; and (3) Methods for combining models (statistical, machine learning, process-based) and environmental monitoring data to create decision-support tools for natural resource managers.

  • Rising Star in Environmental Research, ACS Environmental Au
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Goodnight Early Career Innovator
  • University Faculty Scholar
  • Early Career Research Fellow, Gulf Research Program, NASEM
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow