Natalie Nelson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Natalie Nelson is the Principal Investigator of the Biosystems Analytics Lab in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at NC State. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida with the support of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and she has conducted research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as a Research Affiliate and NSF Graduate Research Intern. Dr. Nelson joined BAE in August 2017.


B.S. 2012

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

University of Florida

Ph.D. 2017

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

University of Florida

Research Description

Dr. Nelson’s research takes a data-intensive, management-focused, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of complex biological system dynamics. Her specific research interests include: using data analytics and integrated models to inform agriculture, aquaculture, water, and coastal resources management; estimating estuarine system futures as a function of local and global change; identifying risks to food security in coastal basins; linking data mining and mechanistic modeling approaches; and investigating spatial and temporal dynamics of socio-environmental systems across settings and scales.


Spatiotemporal Reconstruction of Historical Swine CAFO Spread in North Carolina and Connections to Water Quality
NCSU Sea Grant Program(3/01/19 - 1/31/20)
FACT: Developing Data-to-Decision Pipelines for Agroecosystem Management through High-performance Computing and Big Data Analytics
US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture(8/01/19 - 7/31/23)
Building a Smarter Pheromone Trap Network: Development of a Real-time, Infrared Sensor for Corn Earworm Pheromone Traps
NC Soybean Producers Association, Inc.(2/01/19 - 1/31/20)
RAPID:Collaborative Research:Assessing Chemical and Microbiological Contamination in Environmental Waters in Eastern North Carolina After Hurricane Florence
National Science Foundation (NSF)(12/01/18 - 11/30/19)
RAPID: Coastal Consequences of Engineered Water Control Systems: The Role of Freshwater Discharges in Florida's Ongoing Harmful Algal Bloom Crises.
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/15/18 - 2/29/20)
FACT: Pigs, Poultry, the Planet, and Data-driven Problem Solving (P4)
US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture(2/15/19 - 2/14/24)
Continuation of Nutrient Effects on Sweetpotato Yield and Shape
NC Sweet Potato Commission(3/01/18 - 2/28/20)
Harmful Algal Blooms in the Indian River Lagoon
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/01/18 - 9/30/19)