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Drought Management Expert Named Distinguished Lecturer

March 12, 2012
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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Donald A. Wilhite

Donald A. Wilhite, director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been selected as the speaker for Sam Houston State University’s 2012 Faculty Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Wilhite will discuss “Managing Drought In A Changing Climate” on April 4 at 11 a.m. in the Ron Mafrige Auditorium of the Smith-Hutson Business Building.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Prior to being named director of the School of Natural Resources, Wilhite was the founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center and the International Drought Information Center, also at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He has worked with numerous state and federal agencies, foreign governments, and regional and international organizations on climate- and drought-related issues.

His research and outreach activities have focused on issues of drought monitoring, planning, mitigation, and policy and use of climate information in decision-making.

Wilhite has authored or co-authored more than 130 journal articles, monographs, book chapters and technical reports. He is the editor or co-editor of numerous books on drought and drought management, including a book series on Drought and Water Crises.

He is the recipient or co-recipient of more than $20 million in grants, and he has collaborated with global entities on drought policy and planning issues. He has also conducted many workshops on drought planning in the United States and internationally.

Wilhite recently co-organized an international workshop on drought early warning systems under the sponsorship of the World Meteorological Organization and co-edited the proceedings of WMO expert meetings on Agricultural Drought Indices and Towards a Compendium on National Drought Policy.

He also serves as the co-chair of a technical committee on the Integrated Drought Management Program currently being launched by WMO and the Global Water Partnership and is co-chair of the International Organizing Committee on National Drought Policy currently being initiated by WMO and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.


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