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Ryan Emanuel

Associate Professor of Hydrology
Environmental Sciences and Policy
9 Circuit Dr., Durham, NC 27708


Ryan Emanuel is a hydrologist and community-engaged scholar from North Carolina. He studies ecohydrology, biogeosciences, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights. Emanuel leads a group of researchers and scholars who study water and watery places in North Carolina and beyond. His group also partners with Native American Tribes and other communities to understand environmental change through the lenses of environmental justice and Indigenous rights. Their work involves research, education, and relationship-building. Emanuel aims to amplify voices of Indigenous and other marginalized communities who shoulder disproportionate environmental burdens.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Hydrology · 2022 - Present Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Virginia · 2007 Ph.D.