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I am a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and associate faculty with the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.  My research is interdisciplinary and I collaborate with diverse experts.  My research projects interface across the disciplines of forestry, environmental chemistry, water quality, 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 (1) integrated forest systems to support food, fiber, energy and water, (2) short-rotation forest systems for bioenergy, wastewater treatment and groundwater recharge, (3) participatory science with communities for water resiliency, (4) forests and excess water, and (5) forest systems to manage climate extremes.

Trees and Excess Water Initiative with NCDA Tidewater Research Station.

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 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 joined the faculty in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State in 2002.  I was fortunate to make that lateral move in academia for family and to work with such a great group of diverse faculty and staff at NC State.

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.


Congrats to one of our undergraduate researchers, Princess Mutasa!