UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences

Mark Svoboda, Climatologist/Monitoring and Program Area Leader/National Drought Mitigation Center/University of Nebraska-Lincoln  

As the NDMC’s Monitoring Program Area Leader, Mark’s duties include overseeing the center’s operational national drought monitoring activities. Mark co-founded the development of the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) in 1999 and serves as one of the principal authors of both the weekly USDM and monthly North American Drought Monitor products. He currently sits on the American Meteorological Society’s Applied Climate Committee as well as NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program Office’s Implementation Team. In addition, he has extensive experience working with the international drought, water and climate community via project collaboration, consultation and through various training and outreach opportunities with over 50 countries and international organizations to date.


Brian Fuchs, Assistant Geoscientist/Climatologist, National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska. I am one of the 11 US Drought Monitor authors and have been working in the applied climate field for the last 15 years.  My research focus deals mainly with drought monitoring and the development of tools and information for stakeholders.


Brad Rippey, USDA Meteorologist Office of the Chief Economist World Agricultural Outlook Board

Brad Rippey is an agricultural meteorologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Chief Economist, and the managing editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin. He is one of eleven rotating authors of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor. Prior to joining USDA in 1998, Rippey worked as a meteorologist with the U.S. Department of Commerce for more than 10 years.


Chad McNutt, Deputy Program Manager, National Integrated Drought Information System, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Chad works with federal, state, tribal, and local governments, as well as individuals to improve capacity for responding to drought.  He and other colleagues at the NIDIS Program Office have been working with people and institutions to develop regional drought early warning systems around the U.S.


Leslie Roche, Project Scientist, Rangeland Watershed Laboratory, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Leslie's research is focused on the economic and ecological sustainability of rangeland livestock production systems. She works collaboratively with ranchers, agencies, and other stakeholders to investigate relationships between rangeland management, livestock performance, soil health, water quality, vegetation dynamics, habitat quality, and sensitive species conservation. Recently, she has expanded her work to include linked social-ecological aspects of ranching such as goal setting, decision-making, and drought adaptation strategies.


Glenn Nader, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension.

Glenn is responsible for applied research and education on livestock and natural resources in Yuba, Sutter, and Butte counties. He works with ranchers on feeding strategies for livestock during drought, sustained ranching, ranch budget analysis, general livestock nutrition and health, and marketing. Glenn is a 4th generation California rancher.


Michael Anderson, State Climatologist, California Department of Water Resources

I provide technical support to programs within the Department related to observations, planning, forecasts, and projections of weather and climate.  I have 10 years of experience in my current position and spent the previous 15 years at the University of California Davis getting my advanced degrees and post-doctoral research in the area of hydroclimate studies.  For the current drought, I provide information on the historical positioning of the magnitude and duration of the drought, outlooks for future evolution of water conditions, and provide outreach in the form of presentations and interviews.  I also serve on the Department’s Drought Management Team.


Tim Koopmann, President, California Cattlemen’s Association

Tim is President of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA). CCA is a non-profit trade association, formed in 1917, that represents California’s ranchers and beef producers in legislative and regulatory affairs. Tim and his family are cow-calf producers in Sunol, CA.



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