Dr. Tonya Haigh
Project Manager Rural Sociologist

About Tonya

Tonya Haigh began working with the National Drought Mitigation Center in February 2009 as a research specialist. She has worked for sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation organizations as a program director, community organizer, and grant writer over the last fifteen years.  Since moving to Lincoln with her family in 2008, Tonya has also been taking courses in environmental planning and natural resource management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Her interests include permaculture, local food systems, resiliency, and spending time gardening, reading, and in the great outdoors with her husband and two daughters.


  • M.S. in 1998 in rural sociology from South Dakota State University
  • B.S. in 1992 in human and physical ecology from Hamline University

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