Brian Fuchs

Brian Fuchs

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Title Climatologist
Address 824 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-6775
FAX 402-472-2946
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Contact Preference

e-mail, phone, by appointment

Office Hours

M - F 7:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment

Hello, My name is Brian Fuchs and I'm a climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), which is housed within the School of Natural Resources.

I first came to SNR in May 2000, working as a climatologist for the High Plains Regional Climate Center. I started working with the National Drought Mitigation Center in December 2005. My job functions are quite broad, but I am mainly working on drought-related issues. The drought-related work concentrates on research involving mitigation, risk, assessment, and reporting of drought. As a Climatologist, I work on the applied research projects for the center as well as authoring the United States Drought Monitor with several others. My work interests are climate, drought, drought impacts, drought risk and assessment and snow events.

In my time at SNR, I have been involved with three committees. I was active on the Staff Professional Development Committee for three years, and chaired this committee for one year. I was also part of the SNR Internal Communications Committee. I served on the SNR Survey Committee until 2007.

I am from Nebraska and grew up in Columbus. I graduated from UNL in 1997 with a bachelor's from the meteorology/climatology program. I received my master's in 2000 from the Department of Geosciences here at UNL with a specialization in meteorology/climatology. My wife Jeni and I were married in 1996 and have two children. Reece was born in November 2001 and Brooklyn who was born in June 2005. I enjoy spending time with my family and I am a big football fan. Other activities that keep me busy include hunting, basketball, photography and cooking.

Brian Fuchs describes how to measure plant temperature with an infrared thermometer

Selected Publications

Knutson, C. and B.Fuchs. 2016. New Tools for Assessing Drought Conditions for Rangeland Management. Rangelands 38(4):177-182   On-Line

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Meteorology/Climatology (1997)
  • MS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geosciences (2000)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of State Climatologists

Notable Websites

Other Areas of Interest

Drought, Drought Monitoring, Drought Early Warning, Drought Assessment, Applied Climatology, Agricultural Drought, Climate Assessment, Drought Impacts

SNR Areas of Expertise

Keyword Expert Level

10 - Top Expert
1 - Mild Interest





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SNR Speakers Bureau

What I can speak about:

Drought Monitoring, The United States Drought Monitor, Climate, Drought Tools, Drought Indicators, Drought Impacts, Agriculture and Drought, Historical Drought, Drought Planning

When I am most available to speak:


What target audiences I am most comfortable speaking to:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older)
  • General Public
  • Families
  • Technical