Deborah Bathke

Deborah Bathke

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Title Climate Scientist
Address 812 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-6199
FAX 402-472-2946
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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Deborah Bathke, a climatologist with drought management experience, to the NDMC and to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources and Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

Although Dr. Bathke grew up in northeast Nebraska and has strong ties to Lincoln - two degrees and a fiancé - she didn't anticipate returning, and was pleased when the right opportunity presented itself.

"We are delighted to be adding Deborah to our staff," said NDMC Director Mike Hayes. "She brings valuable experience in drought planning and management, and is well respected in the climate community."

Bathke spent the past three years as the assistant state climatologist in New Mexico, where she chaired the state's Drought Monitoring Working Group. She is familiar with the challenges states face in drought planning, such as "the ebbs and flows of resources, with precipitation and drought events." One of the perpetual challenges of drought management is to maintain focus during non-drought times, when actual planning is possible, rather than crisis response.

"Having grown up in the Plains and the Midwest, living in the Southwest, I learned a lot," Bathke said. Water rights, cultural traditions, and physical differences such as flood irrigation all contribute to different attitudes and options.

She represented New Mexico in the Climate Assessment for the Southwest program, or CLIMAS, which is one of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Regional Integrated Science Assessment programs. Among the projects she collaborated on were adapting the Dynamic Drought Index for Basins in the Carolinas to the Southwest; implementing a western version of the AgClimate Tools developed by the Southeast Climate Consortium; and convening technical workshops on tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow.

Bathke is supervising ongoing student research on urban landscaping and drought, and is on the Program Implementation Team of the National Integrated Drought Information System.

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • MS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • PhD - The Ohio State University, Atmospheric Sciences

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate Science

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Applied Climate Science

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Drought Risk Management for the United States
Starting Date 9/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Deborah Bathke
Brian Fuchs
Cody Knutson
Mark Svoboda
Tsegaye Tadesse
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $693,696.00
Funding Source University of Oklahoma (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Grant Title NOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center
Starting Date 12/31/2011
Principal Investigators
Martha Shulski
Deborah Bathke
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Ending Date 3/31/2013
Funding Level $829,888.00
Funding Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Grant Title Drought Monitor
Starting Date 10/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Mike Hayes
Mark Svoboda
Cody Knutson
Deborah Bathke
Ending Date 9/30/2013
Funding Level $558,401.00
Funding Source Agriculture and Food Research Initiative/National Institute of Food and Agriculture


Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 498 Special Topics in Natural Resources: Climate Masters of Nebraska X n/a