Joe Rudek

Senior Scientist

Areas of expertise: Land, Water & Wildlife Programs, cleaning up hog farms, air quality


Joe Rudek, Ph.D., works on issues related to water quality and aquatic ecology in coastal, intertidal, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems, as well as air quality issues related to agricultural emissions from livestock production.

He focuses on nutrient pollution and the wider atmospheric and aquatic implications of excess nitrogen pollution. Joe played a key role in the passage of North Carolina legislation which set the highest environmental performance standards for hog operations in the U.S.


  • PhD and MS, Environmental Biology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • BA, biology and chemistry, University of California-Santa Cruz

Appointments and affiliations

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University
  • Albemarle Pamlico Estuarine Program Technical Advisory Committee
  • NC Lagoon Conversion Program Advisory Committee
  • Water Resources Research Institute Advisory Committee



Primary author of:

  • Economic Impacts of Installing Innovative Technologies on North Carolina Hog Farms [PDF] (2007)
  • Riparian Buffers: Common Sense Protection of NC Water [PDF] (2003)
  • Dollars & Sense: An Economic Analysis of Alternative Hog Waste Management Technologies [PDF] (2000)
  • Hog Lagoons: Pitting Pork Waste Against Public Health and Environment [PDF] (1999)
  • Soiled Streams: Cleaning Up Sediment Pollution in North Carolina Waters [PDF] (1998)
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Raleigh, North Carolina office

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