Friday, September 30, 2016

National Drought Mitigation Center

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Dr. Michael Hayes, NDMC Director

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Mike Hayes (left) discusses drought conditions in Arizona.

Dr. Michael Hayes became the director of the National Drought Mitigation Center in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on August 1, 2007. He has been with the NDMC since its creation in 1995, starting as an assistant professor/climate impacts specialist. In 2003, he became an associate professor, and in 2006, he was named associate director of the NDMC.

In his time at the NDMC, Dr. Hayes’s research has centered on drought monitoring, impact assessment, and planning methodologies, and he has assisted local, state, tribal, and federal officials with drought planning and mitigation. Hayes has also helped organize and conduct drought workshops and conferences in the United States and around the world. He is the author or coauthor of more than 50 articles, book and technical report chapters, and conference proceedings.


  • Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Missouri–Columbia in atmospheric science
  • M.S. in 1989 from the University of Missouri–Columbia in atmospheric science
  • B.S. in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in meteorology

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