Lise Montefiore

Provost Graduate Research Fellow & PhD Student

Emine Fidan

Provost Graduate Research Fellow & PhD Student

Cord Anthony

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sam Blackman

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Layla El Khoury

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alice Alonso, PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar (lab alumna)


Asterisks indicate an author is/was a graduate (*) or undergraduate (**) researcher in the Biosystems Analytics Lab


NG Nelson, R Muñoz-Carpena, EJ Phlips, D Kaplan, P Sucsy, J Hendrickson (2018), Revealing biotic and abiotic controls of harmful algal blooms in a shallow subtropical lake through statistical machine learning, Environmental Science & Technology, 52(6), 3527-3535. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b05884

Y Rong, AV Padron, KJ Hagerty, NG Nelson, S Chi, NO Keyhani, J Katz, S Datta, C Gomes, and ES McLamore (2018), Post hoc support vector machine learning for biosensors based on weak protein-ligand interactions, Analyst, 143, 2066-2075. doi: 10.1039/C8AN00065D

NG Nelson, R Muñoz-Carpena, PJ Neale, M Tzortziou, JP Megonigal (2017), Temporal variability in the importance of hydrologic, biotic, and climatic descriptors of dissolved oxygen dynamics in a shallow tidal-marsh creek, Water Resources Research, 53, 7103-7120. doi:10.1002/2016WR020196

NG Nelson, R Muñoz-Carpena, EJ Phlips (2017), A novel quantile method reveals spatiotemporal shifts in phytoplankton descriptors between bloom and non-bloom conditions in a subtropical estuary, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 567:57-78. doi:10.3354/meps12054

Submitted or near submission:

NG Nelson, L Montefiore*, C Anthony**, L Merriman, E Kuster, GA Fox, Undergraduate exposure to climate education: national trends and opportunities for curricular improvements, In preparation

EJ Phlips, S Badylak, NG Nelson, LJ Morris, RG Chamberlain, LM Hall, JA Hart, C Jacoby, MA Lasi, JC Lockwood, J Miller, Regime shift in the character of phytoplankton blooms in a restricted sub-tropical lagoon: The linkage between benthic and planktonic primary producer dynamics, In preparation

EJ Phlips, S Badylak, NG Nelson, K Havens, Tropical storms and harmful algal blooms in two Florida estuaries: The good, the bad and the ugly, In preparation

Technical reports (non-referreed):

NG Nelson, S Ward, and D Ward (2017), Implications of altered freshwater flows on estuarine fish and shellfish: a case study of the Lower Suwannee River. White paper prepared for the Florida Climate Institute, UF Levin College of Law, and UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

R Muñoz-Carpena and NG Nelson (2017), Lake George Water Quality Modeling: EFDC and CE-QUAL-ICM Platform Compatibility and Evaluation of Sensitivity Analysis Methodologies. Report to the St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL. Contract # 28650.



  • ABE 495 / 590: “Applied Statistics for Environmental and Agricultural Data Analysis”, Spring 2018

Guest lectures:

  • Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Principles of data visualization
  • Intro to R and reproducible science for curious non-users
  • Intro to local and global sensitivity analysis

Lab news

Dr. Natalie Nelson (PI, NC State), Dr. Edward Phlips (Co-PI, UF), and Dr. Eric Milbrandt (Co-PI, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) were awarded a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation’s Environmental Engineering program for their project entitled, “Coastal consequences of engineered water control systems: the role of freshwater discharges in Florida’s ongoing harmful algal bloom crises.”


Dr. Alice Alonso, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar in the Biosystems Analytics Lab, wins First Place in the Faculty & Staff category of the NC State Envisioning Research photography competition for her submission, A Meeting of River & Sea (shown above).


NC State College of Agricultural and Life Sciences News spotlighted Lise Montefiore, Biosystems Analytics Lab PhD Student, for her research on the use of data analytics to identify vulnerable estuaries in the Southeast U.S.


Lise Montefiore, Biosystems Analytics Lab PhD Student, wins Second Place in the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources category of the NC State Graduate Student Research Symposium for her poster, Coupling climate, land use, and sea level rise projections to identify threatened estuaries in North Carolina.


Sam Blackman, Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Biosystems Analytics Lab, wins Third Place in the NC Water Resources Research Institute student poster competition for his poster, Quantifying seasonal variability of dissolved oxygen and pH in brackish habitats of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.


Dr. Natalie Nelson, PI of the Biosystems Analytics Lab, was chosen by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for the New Faces of Engineering Class of 2018.