National Drought Mitigation Center

Who We Are

Mary Noel

Research Assistant

About Mary

Mary Noel joined the National Drought Mitigation Center as a graduate student in 2017 where she developed state-level drought impact classification tables now hosted on the U.S. Drought Monitor website. She is currently involved a variety of projects including education and outreach, planning, and impact themes. An accomplished distance runner, with roots from Lincoln, Mary participated in Cross Country and Track & Field as a highly decorated NCAA Division I student-athlete. Outside the office, you can find Mary smothered in dirt from tending her garden, exploring the hiking trails of American West, or training for her next half marathon.


  • M.S. in 2019 in Natural Resource Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S. in 2017 earth sciences with minors in soil science and sustainable environments, from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo