Tonya Bernadt

Tonya Bernadt

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Background
  • Expertise & Interests
  • Grants
  • Courses Taught
  • Outreach

Title Education & Outreach Specialist
Address 822 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0988
Phone 402-472-2712
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail tbernadt5@unl.edu
Office Hours

M - F 8 am to 5 pm

Hello. My name is Tonya Bernadt. I joined the National Drought Mitigation Center in January of 2009 as a Research and Outreach Specialist. Areas of focus include educating and gathering input from community leaders, residents, agricultural producers, and other stakeholders about drought related issues; developing content for websites to assist stakeholders in their drought management and planning; and assisting with other projects within the Center.

Ive been fortunate to experience a variety of sectors in my career, which has given me a diverse outlook on the professional world. After receiving a Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Studies from UNL in 2000, I started working at the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department on East Campus. While working at EHS as the Waste Minimization Coordinator I obtained a Master of Science in Leadership Education in 2004.

After four years at UNL, I moved onto a nonprofit organization called WasteCap Nebraska, where my main responsibilities consisted of membership recruitment and maintenance, workshop development, and assisting businesses in setting up recycling programs. In 2005 Midland Recycling approached me with a job as the Business Relations Manager for their Lincoln branch so I decided to see what the corporate sector had to offer. It opened my eyes to a new way of looking at how businesses work.

My passion for the environment has been a core part of each job that I've had. Each one has given me new experiences in regards to environmental sustainability and protection. I look forward to more opportunities at the National Drought Mitigation Center and School of Natural Resources.

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Outreach and Education
  • Drought Education/Research
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Climate Change
  • Leadership Education
  • Environmental Issues

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 NP NRD Drought Tournament
Starting Date 10/25/2016
Principal Investigators
Tonya Bernadt
Co-PIs
Deb Bathke
Nicole Wall
Ending Date 10/24/2017
Funding Level $5,823.00
Funding Source North Platte NRD

 
Grant Title Can Improving Predictions of Soil Oxygen Dynamics Increase Understanding of Greenhouse Gas Hotspots and Hot Moments
Starting Date 6/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Terry Loecke
Co-PIs
Tonya Bernadt
Amy Burgin
Trenton Franz
Tapan Pathak
Ending Date 5/31/2018
Funding Level $445,429.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Nebraska WETS
Starting Date 2/19/2015
Principal Investigators
Cory Forbes
Co-PIs
Tonya Bernadt
Tina Vo
Ending Date 8/15/2016
Funding Level $71,140.00
Funding Source Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

 
Grant Title Developing a Drought Ask the Expert Framework
Starting Date 9/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Tonya Bernadt
Ending Date 8/31/2015
Funding Level $4,200.00
Funding Source Purdue University

 
Grant Title Climate Masters of Nebraska Revised
Starting Date 1/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Tapan Pathak
Co-PIs
Tonya Bernadt
Natalie Umphlett
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $31,847.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title The Role of Drought Preparedness in Improving the Sustainability of Great Plains Ranches
Starting Date 2/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Cody Knutson
Co-PIs
Jeff Nothwehr
Jerry Volesky
Nicole Wall
Tonya Bernadt
Tonya Haigh
Ending Date 1/31/2014
Funding Level $56,366.00
Funding Source University of Missouri

 
Grant Title Climate Masters of Nebraska
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Tapan Pathak
Co-PIs
Tonya Bernadt
Natalie Umphlett
Ending Date 8/31/2013
Funding Level $41,752.00
Funding Source Environmental Protection Agency

 

 

Outreach Activities

Water Banking

What is this activity about:

Water Banking is a classroom activity designed to teach kids about the relationship between precipitation and water availability. The students are tasked with allocating water during a time of regular rainfall and during a time of drought using game boards and beads. This activity teaches students about the challenges of choosing between different water uses during drought. They learn basic drought concepts and how to understand a water budget as a result of the activity. Materials are currently adapted for fourth through sixth graders.

Who sponsors this activity:

National Drought Mitigation Center

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • General Public
  • Families
Water Banking
I never thought about all the ways that I use water and how some things are more important than others.earthwellness festival participant

Meteoropoly

What is this activity about:

Meteoropoly is the game of hazard mitigation. Key concepts learned by students are the difference between weather and climate, what climate related hazards are, and understanding hazard mitigation. Students earn points by answering trivia questions and gaining a Benefit card and lose points if they answer incorrectly and have to draw a Cost card. They will learn facts about climate hazards along the way and take home key points associated with climate hazards and mitigation. Materials are adapted for fourth through sixth graders and early high schoolers.

Who sponsors this activity:

National Drought Mitigation Center

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • General Public
  • Families
Meteoropoly

The Great Reservoir Race

What is this activity about:

Kids of all ages enjoy this hands-on activity using sponges, plastic cylinders, and lots of water. We give up to four players 15 seconds to see how much water they can squeeze from a sponge into a cylinder. The cylinder is marked with gradations to indicate above-normal, normal and below-normal conditions. We talk about what variation in precipitation means for people, plants and animals.

Who sponsors this activity:

National Drought Mitigation Center

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
The Great Reservoir Race
I wanna make it overflow.visitor to Dinosaurs and Disasters at the Nebraska State Museum