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Anna Maher

As an ORISE Rangelands Fellow, Dr. Anna Maher translates science into resources for rangeland management in a changing climate. She is currently developing a summary of newly available rangeland management tools and examining their potential role in supporting land managers and ranchers’ preparedness and economic resilience. She will also collaborate with the team to synthesize the state of our understanding of climate change impacts to rangeland management in the Northwest. Prior to this position, Anna conducted agricultural economic research for the Sustainable Rangelands Round Table as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming. In her recent work at the University, she modeled producer-level economic impacts of NRCS conservation practices on western rangelands. She also led a team that performed an economic valuation of ecosystems services (benefits that flow from nature to people) on private and federal rangelands used for beef-cattle ranching. Her interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Science from Oregon State University combined the study of environmental/natural resource economics with rangeland ecology. Her dissertation identified economic incentives and opportunities for collaboration among public land manager and livestock producers in supporting ecological resistance and resilience on rangelands.

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Anna Maher


  • ORISE Rangelands Fellow


USDA Northwest Climate Hub, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station


Forestry Sciences Laboratory (Portland)
Edith Greene Wendall Wyatt Federal Building
Pacific Northwest Research Station - Station Director's Office
1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 1400
Portland, OR 97204

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Focus Area

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Rangeland Ecosystem Services
  • Decision-making under Climate Variability