Mitch McClaran

Mitch McClaran

Professor - School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Selected adaptation projects:

  • Using a co-development process to improve, integrate and encourage use of drought information and adaptive management of livestock grazing on National Forests. NOAA, Climate Program Office Sectoral Applications Program. .
  • Reducing livestock production and legal risks from increased climate variability by co-developing tools for ranch-scale drought detection. Western Extension Risk Management Education, USDA NIFA.

Selected publications:

  • Bagchi, S., N.J. Singh, D.D. Briske, B.T. Bestelmeyer, M.P. McClaran, and K. Murthy, 2017. Quantifying long-term trajectories of plant community change with movement models: implication for ecological resilience. Ecological Applications, 27:1514-1528
  • Chu, C., A. Kleinhesselink, K. Havstad, M. McClaran, D. Peters, L. Vermeire, H. Wei, and P. Adler, 2016. Direct effects dominate responses to climate perturbations in grassland plant communities. Nature Communications, 7:11766, doi: 10.1038/ncomms11766.
  • Crimmins, M.A. and M.P. McClaran, 2016. Where do seasonal climate predictions belong in the drought management toolbox? Rangelands, 38:169-176.
  • McClaran, M.P., G.J. Butler, H. Wei, and G.D. Ruyle, 2015. Increased preparation for drought among livestock producers reliant on rain-fed forage. Natural Hazards, 79:151-170.
  • McClaran, M.P. and H. Wei, 2014. Recent drought phase in a 73-year record at two spatial scales: Implications for livestock production on rangelands in the Southwestern United States, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 187: 40-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.06.004


  • Ph.D., Wildland Resource Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
  • M.S., Range Conservation Management, University of California, Berkeley, 1981
  • B.S., Conservation of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Geographic Area
Expertise Area
Natural Resources Management