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Board of Directors

Mogens Bay

Mogens Bay

Chairman, Robert B. Daugherty Foundation

Hank Bounds

Hank M. Bounds

Professor, University of South Alabama

Howard Buffett

Howard W. Buffett

Management Advisory Board, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Ted Carter

Ted Carter

Board Chair; President of the University of Nebraska

Felicia Marcus

Felicia Marcus

Attorney and Consultant

James B. Milliken

James B. Milliken

Chancellor, University of Texas

Staff

Natacha Akaliza
Sammy Akasheh

Sammy Z. Akasheh

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lacey Bodnar

Lacey Bodnar

Research Project Manager

Ankit Chandra
Craig Eiting

Craig Eiting

Web Developer and Graphic Design Specialist

Karen Hansen

Karen Hansen

Managerial/Professional On-Call

Meghan Langel

Meghan Langel

Manager, Water, Climate & Health Program

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Mitchell Maguire

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Janet Means
Aakanksha Melkani

Aakanksha Melkani

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Yulie Meneses

Yulie Meneses

Water for Food Processing Specialist

Grace Mukarusagara
Siddhi Munde

Siddhi Munde

Research Data Analyst

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David Munyaneza

Communications Specialist I

Polly Musayidizi
Molly Nance
Amber Poythress
Renata Rimsaite

Renata Rimsaite

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Barbara Rock

Barbara Rock

Proposal Development Coordinator

Babak Safa

Babak Safa

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ferdinand Turatsinze
Raissa Urujeni

Raissa Urujeni

Program Consultant

Visiting Researchers and Scholars

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Jéssica Garcia Nascimento

Visiting Research Scholar

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Ashish Marish

Research Engineer

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Thomas Rocha Ferreira

Visiting Research Scholar

Interns and Students

Sanat Bhandari

Sanat Bhandari

Graduate Student

Shunkei Kakimoto

Shunkei Kakimoto

Graduate Student

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Ishani Lal

Graduate Student

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Savant Nzayiramya

Intern

Rachel Williss
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Madison Zucco

Intern

Nebraska Water Center

The Nebraska Water Center and the Water Sciences Laboratory are a part of the DWFI and conduct much of institute’s work within Nebraska. NWC is one of 54 national water centers in land grant universities mandated by Congress in 1964. 

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Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows are faculty within the University of Nebraska system who contribute to the Institute’s research, scholarship, engagement and education programs. Faculty Fellow status gives formal recognition of an individual’s accomplishments and expertise and includes the Fellow in a community of faculty with complementary interests. It is intended for faculty who collaborate with the Institute for a sustained period of time. Appointments are non-salaried and made for one year, beginning January 1.

Azar Abadi

Research Assistant Professor

UNMC College of Public Health

Climate Scientist

Jiri Adamec

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

David Admiraal

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Civil Engineering

Environmental Engineer

J. David Aiken

Professor

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics

Water and Agricultural Law Specialist

Craig Allen

Director and Research Professor

Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

James Allen

Research Assistant Professor

UNL Department of Biochemistry

Biochemist

Katie Anania

Assistant Professor

UNL Art History

Ozgur Araz

Associate Professor

UNL College of Business Administration;

Systems Scientist and Business Analyst

Tala Awada

Associate Dean

Agricultural Research Division

Lorena Baccaglini

Associate Professor

UNMC College of Public Health

Epidemiologist

P. Stephen Baenziger

Professor

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture 

Agronomist and Wheat Breeder

Simanti Banerjee

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics

Behavioral and Environmental Economist

Shannon Bartelt Hunt

 Professor

UNL Department of Civil Engineering 

Environmental Engineer

Andrea Basche

Assistant Professor 

UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

Andrea Erin Bass

Associate Professor

Department of Management, UNO

Business Strategist

John Beghin

Professor

UNL International Trade and Finance

David Billesbach

Research Assistant Professor

Biological Systems Engineering, UNL 

Physicist

Paul Black

Charles Bessey Professor of Biological Chemistry

Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, UNL

Biochemist

Vijendra Boken

Professor

UNK Department of Geography and Earth Science

Remote Sensing & Water Resources Expert

Mark Burbach

Geoscientist

School of Natural Resources, UNL

Geoscientist

Jean Cahan

Senior Lecturer

UNL Department of Philosophy

Religious and Historical Philosopher

Edgar Cahoon

Professor

UNL Department of Biochemistry

Plant Geneticist

John Carroll

Director

UNL School of Natural Resources;

Wildlife Ecologist

Ken Cassman

Emeritus Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Agronomy

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture 

Agronomist 

Jessica Corman

Assistant Professor

University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the School of Natural Resources

Don Coulter

Professor

UNMC Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Pedeatric Oncologist

Cody Creech

Assistant Professor

Agronomy & Horticulture, UNL

Cropping Systems Agronomist

Mohamed Dahab

Professor

UNL Department of Civil Engineering

Environmental Engineer

Jenny Dauer

Associate Professor

UNL Science Literacy; UNL School of Natural Resources

Carrick Detweiler

Susan J. Rosowski Professorship Associate Professor

UNL Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Computer Scientist and Roboticist

Judy Diamond

Professor

UNL Department of  Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education; University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History

Science Literacy Educator

Concetta DiRusso

George W. Holmes University Professor Emeritus

Department of Biochemistry, UNL

Lapid Biochemist

Bruce Dvorak

Professor

UNL Department of Civil Engineering

Environmental Engineer

Dean Eisenhauer

Emeritus Professor

UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Roger Elmore

Emeritus Professor

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture; Heuermann Chair

Cropping Systems Agronomist

Michael Farrell

Assistant Professor of Practice

UNL Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication

Documentary Filmmaker

Richard Ferguson

Professor

Agronomy & Horticulture, UNL

Soil Fertility and Precision Agriculture Specialist

Michael Forsberg

Assistant Professor of Practice

UNL Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication

Conservation Photographer

Trenton Franz

Associate Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Hydrogeophysicist

Geoffrey Friesen

Associate Professor, Finance

College of Business, UNL

Behavioral Finance Analyst

Sherilyn Fritz

George Holmes Professor

UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Paleoclimatologist

Brian Fuchs

Associate Geoscientist

UNL School of Natural Resources and National Drought Mitigation Center

Climatologist

Lilyan Fulginiti

Professor

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economist

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway

Professor

UNMC College of Public Health

Epidemiologist

John Gamon

Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Remote Sensing Expert

Roch Gaussoin

Professor, Department Head & Extension Turfgrass Specialist

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

Agronomist

Yufeng Ge

Associate Professor

Biological Systems Engineering, UNL

Advanced Sensing Systems Engineer

Troy E. Gilmore

Assistant Professor

UNL Dept of Biological Systems Engineering

Groundwater Hydrologist

Patricio Grassini

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

Cropping Systems Agronomist

Priscilla Grew

Professor Emeritus

UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Geologist

Junke Guo

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Civil Engineering (Omaha)

Environmental Engineer

Christopher Gustafson

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics

Behavioral Economist

Erin Haacker

Assistant Professor

UNL Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Mary Harner

Associate Professor

Department of Communication and Department of Biology

Michael Hayes

Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources 

Climatologist and Atmospheric Scientist

Derek Heeren

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering 

Irrigation Engineer

A. Bryce Hoflund

Associate Professor

School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Health Care and Food Policy Specialist

Javed Iqbal

Assistant Professor

Agronomy & Horticulture at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Soil Scientist

Deepak Keshwani

Associate Professor

Biological Systems Engineering, UNL

Biomass Modeler

Ayse Kilic

Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Remote Sensing Expert

Cody Knutson

Research Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Water Resources Scientist

Jesse Korus

Assistant Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources - Conservation and Survey Division

Groundwater Hydrologist

Yusong Li

Professor

Department of Civil Engineering, UNL

Environmental Engineer

Xu Li

Professor

Department of Civil Engineering, UNL

Environmental Engineer

Adam J. Liska

Associate Professor

Departments of Biological Systems Engineering and Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Biological Systems Engineer

Andrew (Andy) Little

Assistant Professor

School of Natural Resources at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Landscape and Habitat Management Ecologist

Peter Longo

Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

Political Scientist

Joe Luck

Associate Professor

Biological Systems Engineering, UNL

Irrigation Engineer

Satoshi Machida

Professor

UNK Department of Political Science

Bijesh Maharjan

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

UNL Agronomy and Horticulture

Rezaul Mahmood

Applied Climatologist

High Plains Regional Climate Center

Martha Mamo

Professor

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

Soil Scientist

Derrel Martin

Emeritus Professor

UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Irrigation and Water Resources Engineer

Dayle McDermitt

Adjunct Professor

Department of Agronomy & Horticulture of the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Patrice McMahon

Professor

UNL Department of Political Science

Political Scientist

Patrick McNamara

Director, International Studies Major

UNO Department of Political Science

Political Scientist

Sarah Michaels

Professor

UNL Department of Political Science

Political Scientist

Taro Mieno

Assistant Professor

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economist

Aaron Mittelstet

Assistant Professor

UNL Dept of Biological Systems Engineering

Watershed Hydrologist

Francisco Munoz Ariola

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering

Hydroinformaticist

Siamak Nejati

Assistant Professor 

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Chemical Engineer

Lia Nogueira- Rodriguez

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics

Food and Agricultural Trade Economist

John Kalu Osiri

Associate Professor

Business Analyst

Richard Perrin

Professor

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economist

Santosh Pitla

Associate Professor

Biological Systems Engineering, UNL

Advanced Machinery Systems Engineer

Larkin Powell

Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Associate Dean

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Laila Puntel

Assistant Professor

Agronomy and Horticulture, UNL

Yi Qi

Assistant Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Xin Qiao

Assistant Professor

Irrigation Water Management Specialist

Irrigation Engineer

Abbie Raikes

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Helen Raikes

Willa Cather Professor Emeritus

UNL Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Child Development and Early Education Specialist

Daren Redfearn

Associate Professor

Agronomy & Horticulture, UNL

Irrigation Engineer

Eleanor Rogan

Professor and Chair

UNMC Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health; Professor, UNMC Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases

Public and Environmental Health Expert

Clinton Rowe

Professor and Graduate Chair

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, UNL

Meteorologist and Climatologist

Chuck Rowling

Associate Professor

UNK Department of Political Science

Tirthankar Roy

Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Hydrologist

Daran R. Rudnick

Assistant Professor

UNL Dept of Biological Systems Engineering

Irrigation/Water Management Specialist

Ashok Samal

Professor

Computer Science & Engineering, UNL

Computer Scientist

Amy Schmidt

Associate Professor

Department of Animal Science, UNL

Manure Management and Water Quality Specialist

Karina Schoengold

Associate Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Environmental and Resource Economist

Anthony Schutz

Associate Professor

Nebraska College of Law

Agricultural and Environmental Law Specialist

Hamid Sharif

Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering, UNL

Wireless Network Expert

Pat Shea

Professor Emeritus

UNL School of Natural Resources

Environmental Chemist

John (Jack) Shroder

Geologist

Emeritus Professor

Geologist

Martha Shulski

Director

Nebraska State Climate Office

Climatologist

Jayne Stratton

Research Associate Professor

Food Processing Center

Food Microbiologist

Amy Struthers

Professor of Advertising

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Science and Public Health Communicator

Dejun Su

Associate Professor

Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health

Public Health Analyst

Andrew Suyker

Associate Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Micrometeorologist

Mark Svoboda

Director

National Drought Mitigation Center; Geoscientist, UNL School of Natural Resources

Climatologist  

Tsegaye Tadesse

Climatologist

National Drought Mitigation Center

Research Full Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Climatologist

Zhenghong Tang

Professor

Community & Regional Planning, UNL

Community & Regional Planning Specialist

Steve Thomas

Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

River/Stream Ecologist

Daniel Uden

Assistant Professor

UNL School of Natural Resources

Elizabeth VanWormer

Assistant Professor

UNL School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Epidemiologist

Mehmet Can Vuran

Professor

UNL Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Computer Scientist and Electrical Engineer

Harkamal Walia

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

Plant Molecular Physiologist

Jessica Fargen Walsh

Assistant Professor

Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Journalist

Bing Wang

Assistant Professor

Department of Food Science and Technology, UNL

Human Health Risk Analyst

Brian Wardlow

Director

Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies, UNL School of Natural Resources

Remote Sensing Expert

Karrie Weber

Associate Professor

UNL School of Biological Sciences

Microbiologist

Don Wilhite

Professor Emeritus

UNL School of Natural Resources

Climatologist

Mary Willis

Professor

UNL Department of Nutrition & Health Sciences

Anthropologist

Charles Wortmann

Professor

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

Agronomist

Haishun Yang

Associate Professor

UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture

Crop and Ecosystem Modeler

Vitaly Zlotnik

Professor Emeritus

UNL Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Environment

Global Fellows

Global Fellows are faculty members and researchers external to the University of Nebraska who provide significant and sustained contributions to the Institute’s global research, scholarship, engagement and education programs. Global Fellows substantively and geographically complement the Institute Leadership’s and Faculty Fellows’ areas of expertise, thereby expanding the Institute’s capacity to implement projects internationally. Appointments are non-salaried.

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Distinguished Fellows

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Roberto Lenton

Former Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

E Robert Meaney

E. Robert Meaney

Former Chairman International, Valmont Industries, Inc; Riverside, Connecticut

International Advisory Panel

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Uma Lele

Independent Scholar and Development Economist, Washington, D.C.

E Robert Meaney

E. Robert Meaney

Former Chairman International, Valmont Industries, Inc; Riverside, Connecticut

LetitiaObeng

Letitia Obeng

Independent Scholar, Washington, D.C., USA

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Martin Pasman

President, Valmont Industries de Argentina, Buenos Aires

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Roric Paulman

Paulman Farms

Sutherland, Nebraska, USA

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