Dr. Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, Northwest Climate Hub Fellow

Dr. Roesch-McNally has a M.S. from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forestry Science, where she focused on environmental economics. Her PhD, from Iowa State University, is in Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture. As part of her dissertation research, she worked as one of the lead social scientists on a large-scale interdisciplinary USDA-NIFA project. As Fellow with the Northwest Climate Hub, Gabrielle conducts social science research efforts to better understand producer decision making in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation. She has expertise in social science theory with a grounding in both economics and sociology and has worked with large interdisciplinary teams. She has particular interest in participatory research methods and coproduction and how these approaches can support collaborative community engagement with climate adaptation.

Dr. Roesch-McNally received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University in 2016 and an M.S. in Forestry from University of Washington in 2011. Dr. Roesch-McNally joined the USDA Northwest Climate Hub in 2016.

Current and Ongoing Projects

Land Manager and Advisor Responses to Climate Change

Social Media Engagement

Contributed Book Chapters

Roesch-McNally, Gabrielle E., Jamie Benning, Adam Wilke, J. Arbuckle and Lois Wright Morton. 2019. University extension communities of practice: learning, communicating, and engaging on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the United States Corn Belt. In: Lachapelle, P., & D. Albrecht. (Eds.), Addressing Climate Change at the Community Level in the United States. New York: Routledge, pp. 180-193. 

Benkeblia, N., R.E. Schattman, S. Wiener and G.E. Roesch-McNally. 2019. Climate Change and Crop Production: Set the stage for Resilience. Ed. Benkeblia, N.  Climate change and crop production: foundations for agroecosystem resilience. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, pp. 1–23.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

Wiener, S., G.E. Roesch-McNally, R. Schattman, M. Niles. Forthcoming. USDA field staff as climate advisors: How ready, willing, and able are they? Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.

Niles, M., S. Wiener, R. Schattman, G. Roesch-McNally, and J. Reyes. Seeing Isn’t Always Believing: Crop Loss and Weather Variability, Climate Change and Adaptation Perceptions among USDA Employees. 2019. Environmental Research Letters. Online first: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aafbb6.

May, C., C. Luce, J. Casola, M. Chang, J. Cuhaciyan, M. Dalton, S. Lowe, G. Morishima, P. Mote, A. Petersen, G. Roesch-McNally, and E. York, 2018: Northwest. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. doi: 10.7930/NCA4.2018.CH24. 

Borelli, K.A., G.E. Roesch-McNally, J.D. Wulfhorst, S.D. Eigenbrode, G.G. Yorgey, C.E. Kruger, L.A. Bernacchi, L.L. Houston and R.L. Mahler. 2018.  Farmers’ Trust in Sources of Production and Climate Information and Their Use of Technology. Journal of Extension 56(3): 3FEA7. Available at: https://www.joe.org/joe/2018june/a7.php

Roesch-McNally, G.E. 2018. U.S. Inland Pacific Northwest Wheat Farmers’ Perceived Risks: Motivating Intentions to Adapt to Climate Change? Special Issue on Agriculture and Climate Change with Environments, 5(4), 49. doi:10.3390/environments5040049. Online first: http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3298/5/4/49/htm.

Roesch-McNally, G.E., J. Gordon Arbuckle and John C. Tyndall. 2018. Barriers to implementing climate resilient agricultural strategies: The case of crop diversification in the U.S. Corn Belt. Global Environmental Change, 48:206-215. doi 10.1016/j.gloenvch. Online first: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378017306702

Schattman, R.E., G.E. Roesch-McNally, S. Wiener, M.T. Niles, R. Iovanna, M. Carey, and D.Y. Hollinger. 2018. Farm service agency employee intentions to use weather and climate data in professional services. Special Issue on Climate, Agriculture and Food Systems for Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. Online first: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742170517000783

Roesch-McNally, Gabrielle E., J. Gordon Arbuckle and John C. Tyndall. 2018. Soil as social-ecological feedback: Examining the “ethic” of soil stewardship among Corn Belt farmers. Rural Sociology, 83(1):145-173. doi.10.1111/ruso.12167. Online first: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ruso.12167/abstract

Yorgey, G., C. Kruger, B. Saari, S.A. Hall, E. Whitefield, N. Embertson, V.P. Jones, K. Rajapogalan, E. Allen, G.E. Roesch-McNally, B. Van Horne, J. Abatzoglou, H. Collins, L. Houston, C. Seavert, and T. Ewing. 2017. Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Research and Extension Priorities in the Northwest. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: Agroecology and Land Use Systems, https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2017.00052


In 2019, Dr. Roesch-McNally earned the Early Career Scholar Award for Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Roesch-McNally also earned a Certificate of Merit award for outstanding performance 2016-2018, with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.