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Early Career Research Fellow - Natalie Nelson

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North Carolina State University


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Dr. Nelson is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University. She earned a Ph.D. in agricultural and biological engineering and interdisciplinary hydrologic sciences from the University of Florida. During her graduate studies, she was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and spent time as a trainee at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Her research investigates how land-based processes (e.g., surface water hydrology, land use, land cover, and freshwater management practices) drive changes in coastal water quality. She applies data-intensive computational tools including machine learning, statistical, and process-based models to observations from satellite imagery, high- and low-frequency field monitoring networks, and historical archives in order to explain and predict integrated land-sea dynamics. By bridging land, freshwater and marine management, her work is inherently interdisciplinary and involves collaborations that span engineering, ecology, statistics, computer science, and hydrology.


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