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I am a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and associate faculty with the NC State Toxicology Program.  My research is interdisciplinary, and I collaborate with diverse academic researchers as well as municipalities, state agencies, federal agencies, landowners, and NGOs.  My research projects interface across disciplines of forestry, environmental chemistry, water quality, water quantity, contaminant remediation, environmental forensics, hydrology, and community engagement. My interests include the protection of surface waters and groundwater quality and their sustainable use, ensuring forest landscapes for the future, and supporting pipelines for student diversity in forestry, environmental technology, and toxicology. My current research focuses on forest systems to support: (1) fiber, bioenergy, & wood products, (2) water quality, quantity, and waste treatment; (3) participatory science with communities for water resiliency; and (4) managing excess water.



My Bio.  I want to mention my early high school mentors, Mrs. Vredeveldand and Mrs. Freeman, and my undergraduate research mentor, Dr. Eloise Carter, who provided me the opportunity to research the genetic divergence of an endangered trillium wildflower in the North Georgia mountains.  Their support and my Peace Corps service in Gabon guided me to my passion for water, forests, and communities. I have a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991-1997).  I received the Hoechst-Celanese Student Excellence Award and the UNC-SPH Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award at UNC-CH.  I completed a post-doc with Dr. Patrick Hatcher (Biogeochemistry, 1998) and joined the faculty at UTC-Tennessee in 1999.  In 2001, I was awarded a UC Foundation Assistant Professor in Environmental Sciences.  I joined the the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State in 2002.

If you are interested in opportunities for undergraduate or graduate research, please check out prior graduate students and undergraduate researchers on this website as well as our research facebook and Instagram.  Contact me at egnichol@ncsu.edu.