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Hannah Birgé, Ph.D

Senior Scientist, Food & Water with the Corporate Engagement Team

Manhattan, KS

Dr. Hannah Birge standing in front of a glacier.

Dr. Hannah Birgé Nebraska Director of Water & Agriculture Programs © Courtesy Dr. Hannah Birgé


Soil science, climate change, resilience, knowledge co-production, adaptive management

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Hannah’s team works with producers, companies and scientists to implement programs that achieve immediate conservation wins while providing prototypes for the kind of agriculture needed to sustain the planet’s estimated 9.8 billion people by 2050.

Hannah currently serves as a governor appointee on the Nebraska-Kansas Blue River Compact and as part of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium’s soil carbon research working group. She previously served on the Nebraska Governor’s Healthy Soils Task Force and as the Governance Working Group Lead for a NATO Science for Peace and Security Series workshop.

She received her Ph.D in Natural Resources Science and Applied Ecology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a dissertation title “Soil ecosystem services and social-ecological resilience in the northern Great Plains.” 

In 2022, Hannah was a recipient of The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Award.

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