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Dr. Ryan E. Emanuel
Associate Professor
Duke University
Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Nicholas School of the Environment
Nin Circuit Drive
P.O. Box 90328
Durham, NC  27708

Term: 06/01/2020 – 05/31/2023

Dr. Ryan E. Emanuel is an associate professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.  Emanuel is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with expertise in hydrology and ecology. His work includes numerical modeling, remote sensing, and fieldwork to understand how vegetation and terrain affect hydrological and biogeochemical processes in natural and human-altered landscapes.  Emanuel is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and he also works to illuminate impacts of environmental change on Indigenous communities and to identify barriers and solutions to Indigenous participation in environmental governance.  

Emanuel has received awards for service to Indigenous communities from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and from the United Tribes of North Carolina. He is the recipient of North Carolina State University’s annual sustainability award and the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network’s annual award for academic research.  

Emanuel advises the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs on environmental justice policy, and he has held positions on local and statewide advisory boards for American Indian education.  He serves on the academic advisory council of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and on the diversity and inclusion advisory committee of the American Geophysical Union.  He formerly served on the education and outreach committee of CUAHSI, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.  Emanuel holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Geology from Duke University.