Hailey Wilmer

Hailey Wilmer, Research Social Scientist

Hailey’s research focuses on understanding relationships between food systems, rural communities, public lands management and climate change. Her broad research interests include adaptive workinglands management, collaborative learning, and feminist political ecology using a combination of participatory, qualitative and quantitative methods. Originally from Montana, she is a first-generation scientist who has worked in rangeland social science in the Southwest and Western Great Plains since 2012. She earned her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Rangeland Ecosystem Science in 2016, where she trained broadly in human dimensions of natural resources, gender studies, and rangeland ecology. For the past four years, Hailey has served as the Climate Hub Fellow at the Northern Plains Climate Hub, within the USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources and Systems Research Unit. In this role Hailey led social science aspects of the interdisciplinary Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management experiment, a ten-year, ranch-scale participatory grazing project that brings ranchers, agency staff, conservationists and scientists together to advance knowledge of biodiversity and ranching conservation on National Grasslands. Hailey also has experience in plant community and herbivore ecology. In her free time, Hailey enjoys reading, hunting, skiing, and kayaking. Her ARS publications are available here.

Research Social Scientist
11175 Auke Lake Way
United States
Phone Number
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
USDA Northwest Climate Hub
Focus Area
Social Science
Rangeland Ecosystem Science
Climate Change