Melissa Widhalm is the project manager for Useful to Usable (U2U), a multi-disciplinary USDA-funded project aimed at improving the resilience and profitability of Midwestern farms amid future climate change. She manages the day-to-day activities of U2U, and coordinates with researchers at 10 partner universities.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University (2004), and a Master of Science degree in natural resource sciences with an emphasis in climate impacts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2006). Her interests are in applied and multi-disciplinary research, outreach, and education.
- Knutson, C.L., Haigh, T., Hayes, M.J., Widhalm, M., Nothwehr, J., Kleinschmidt, M., (2011). Farmer perceptions of sustainable agriculture practices and drought risk reduction in Nebraska, USA, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems26(3): 255-266.
- Hayes, M., Svoboda, M., Wall, N., Widhalm, M. (2011). The Lincoln Declaration on Drought Indices: Universal Meteorological Drought Index Recommended, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society(BAMS)92: 485-488.
- Ding, Y., Hayes, M., Widhalm, M. (2011). Measuring Economic Impacts of Drought: A Review and Discussion, Disaster Prevention and Management20(4).