Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

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Title Climatologist
Address 819 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0988
Phone 402-472-4271
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail mhayes2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Michael Hayes. I am an Applied Climatologist and a professor in the School of Natural Resources. I arrived at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 when I began work as climate impacts specialist for the National Drought Mitigation Center. Between 2007 and October 2016, I was the director of the NDMC. At the moment, I teach one class called Climate and Society. The objective of this class is for students to understand the effects of climate variability and extreme climate events on human activities and how human activities impact climate and natural resources management. I am part of the newly formed Applied Climate and Spatial Science Mission Area within SNR, and I am getting more involved with the undergraduate degree program that will have this same name.

Michael Hayes in Castries, Saint Lucia before a drought management policy workshop for government officials held in January 2016.
Michael Hayes in Castries, Saint Lucia before a drought management policy workshop for government officials held in January 2016.
Mark Svoboda and Michael Hayes following the graduation ceremony for Dr. Svoboda's Ph.D. degree in August 2016.
Mark Svoboda and Michael Hayes following the graduation ceremony for Dr. Svoboda's Ph.D. degree in August 2016.

My main research interests are drought risk management, disaster management, drought planning, impact and vulnerability assessments, climate variability and change, extreme events, and adaptation strategies. I am involved in a variety of research projects collaborating with the NDMC, other climate faculty at the university, and with researchers around the world. Another major component of my position deals with providing outreach on these drought- and climate-related issues to a wide variety of officials, decision-makers, and policymakers at local, tribal, state, national and international scales.

Michael Hayes, along with Dr. Brian Wardlow (SNR), Dr. Derek Heeren (Biological Systems Engineering), and Keith Miller (BSE graduate student), following a visit to the Reinke Irrigation Manufacturing Company located in Deshler, NE, in January 2014.
Michael Hayes, along with Dr. Brian Wardlow (SNR), Dr. Derek Heeren (Biological Systems Engineering), and Keith Miller (BSE graduate student), following a visit to the Reinke Irrigation Manufacturing Company located in Deshler, NE, in January 2014.

Selected Publications

Brown, J. F., B. D. Wardlow, T. Tadesse, M. J. Hayes, and B. C. Reed. 2008. The Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI): A new integrated approach for monitoring drought stress in vegetation. GIScience and Remote Sensing 45 (1):16-46.
Dubrovsky, M., M. D. Svoboda, M. Trnka, M. J. Hayes, D. A. Wilhite, Z. Zalud, and P. Hlavinka. 2008. Application of relative drought indices in assessing climate change impacts on drought conditions in Czechia. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-008-0020-x.
Trnka, M., M. Dubrovsky, M. D. Svoboda, D. Semeradova, M. J. Hayes, Z. Zalud, and D. A. Wilhite. 2008. Developing a regional drought climatology for the Czech Republic. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.1745.
Wilhelmi, O. V, M. J. Hayes, and D. S. K. Thomas, 2008. Managing drought in mountain resort communities: Colorado's experiences. Disaster Prevention and Management. 15(5):672-680.
Woudenberg, D. L., D. A. Wilhite, and M. J. Hayes. 2008. Perception of drought hazard and its sociological impacts in South-Central Nebraska. Great Plains Research, 18(1): 93-102.
Knutson, C. L., M. J. Hayes, and M. D. Svoboda. 2007. Case study of tribal drought planning: the Hualapai Tribe. Natural Hazards Review, 8(4): 125-131.
Wilhite, D. A., M. D. Svoboda, and M. J. Hayes. 2007. Understanding the complex impacts of drought: a key to enhancing drought mitigation and preparedness. Journal of Water Resources Management, 21(5): 763-774.
Wu, H., M. D. Svoboda, M. J. Hayes, D. A. Wilhite, and F. Wen. 2007. Appropriate application of the Standardized Precipitation Index in arid locations and dry seasons. International Journal of Climatology, 27: 65-79.
Tadesse, T., D. Wilhite, M. Hayes, S. Harms, and S. Goddard. 2005. Discovering associations between climatic and oceanic parameters to monitor drought in Nebraska using data-mining techniques. Journal of Climate, 18(10): 1541-1550.
Wu, H., M. Hayes, D. Wilhite, and M. Svoboda. 2005. The effect of the length of record on the Standardized Precipitation Index calculation. International Journal of Climatology, 25: 505-520.

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Meteorology (1986)
  • MS - University of Missouri-Columbia, Atmospheric Sciences (1989)
  • PhD - University of Missouri-Columbia, Atmospheric Sciences (1994)

Awards

  • 1/17/2013 – Omtvedt Innovation Award awarded by UNL-IANR 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Other Areas of Interest

Drought Risk Management, Drought Assessment, Vulnerability Assessments, Climate Variability and Change, Extreme Events, Adaptation Strategies

SNR Areas of Expertise

Keyword Expert Level

10 - Top Expert
1 - Mild Interest

Drought

10

Drought Mitigation

10

Planning

9

Climate

8

Physical Geography

6

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Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
  • Human Dimensions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Climate Assessment & Impacts
  • Human Dimensions

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 450 Climate and Society X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852
GEOG 850 Climate and Society X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852
NRES 452 Climate and Society X X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852
NRES 852 Climate and Society X AGRO/GEOG/METR 450/850, NRES 452/852