Ryan E. Emanuel, Ph.D.
"Beyond the tools, the models, and the management lies the knowledge of the original inhabitants of this nation that water binds us all to a common fate."
Ryan Emanuel is an environmental scientist and community-engaged scholar from North Carolina. His research and teaching interests include ecohydrology, environmental science and policy, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights. Emanuel leads the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab at NC State University, a group that studies water and biogeochemical cycles in changing environments. His group includes hydrologists, environmental scientists, and geospatial analysts who use a variety of methods to study the environment in North Carolina and beyond.
Emanuel partners with Native American Tribes and other communities to understand environmental change through the lenses of environmental justice and Indigenous rights. This work involves research, education, and relationship-building. His goal is to help amplify voices and perspectives of Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities who shoulder disproportionate environmental burdens.