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.


Developing a Pilot Data Science Extension Program to Advance Data-Driven Soybean Production
United Soybean Board(10/01/21 - 9/30/22)
Leveraging Real-Time Insect Traps and Data Analytics to Improve Corn Earworm Risk Prediction
NC Soybean Producers Association, Inc.(2/01/21 - 1/31/22)
Creating ShellBase: The Southeast Shellfish Water Quality Database
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)(1/15/21 - 1/31/22)
Indian River Lagoon Microalgae and Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/14/20 - 9/15/21)
CAREER: Characterizing the Unseen Water Quality Consequences of Sunny-Day Floods in Nearshore Waters
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/01/21 - 7/31/26)
Cultivating A Resilient Workforce By Integrating A Culturally Competent Community Of Scholarship & Data Science in Food & Agricultural Research
US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)(1/15/21 - 1/14/26)
Harmful Algal Blooms in the Indian River Lagoon-North
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(12/02/19 - 9/15/20)
NRI: INT: Towards the Development of a Customizable Fleet of Autonomous Co-Robots for Advancing Aquaculture Production
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/01/20 - 10/31/24)
Unifying biological and environmental data streams to monitor emerging lepidopteran resistance to genetically engineered crops
US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)(9/01/20 - 8/31/24)
Characterizing Water Quality Status, Trends and Potential Watershed Management Opportunities from NPDES Stormwater Data
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(9/16/20 - 5/31/22)