Director and Professor
National Drought Mitigation Center
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Michael Hayes became the Director for the National Drought Mitigation Center in August 2007 and has worked at the NDMC since 1995. The NDMC now has 24 faculty and staff working on local, tribal, state, national, and international drought- and water-related issues. Dr. Hayes is also an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His responsibilities include conducting research on the economic, environmental, and social impacts of drought; developing new drought monitoring and impact assessment methodologies; assisting with the development and review of drought plans; and helping to organize and conduct drought workshops and conferences. Dr. Hayes received a Bachelors Degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia.