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Southern Plains Climate Hub Team

 

Director, Southern Plains Climate Hub

David P. Brown, Ph.D.
ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory
U.S. Department of Agriculture
7207 W. Cheyenne Street
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 262-5291 ext. 268

David.Brown@ARS.USDA.GOV

 

Dr. David Brown is the Director of the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub and joined the agency’s Agricultural Research Service in June 2016. As the Climate Hub Director, he leads a team of scientists and outreach specialists to conduct applied research, assess user needs and vulnerabilities, communicate weather and climate information to regional audiences, and build regional partnerships within and beyond USDA. David came to USDA from NOAA, where he previously served as its Southern Region Climate Services Director. Prior to government service, he was an Assistant Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University, and held the same position at the University of New Hampshire where he also served as New Hampshire State Climatologist. A native of Pennsylvania, David holds a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from the University of Arizona.

 

 


 

 

Southern Plains Climate Hub Fellow

Cait Rottler, Ph.D.
ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory
U.S. Department of Agriculture
7207 W. Cheyenne Street
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 262-5291
Caitlin.Rottler@ars.usda.gov

Dr. Cait Rottler is the Climate Hub’s Fellow, having joined the team in May 2016. Cait is a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY, where she did her dissertation on the effects of well pad reclamation on plant communities, soil organic matter, and green biomass in big sagebrush ecosystems. Cait received her B.S. in Biology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, where she was born and raised. As the Climate Hub Fellow, Cait will be pursuing research to better understand how different agricultural and grazing practices impact soil health indicators. She is broadly interested in interactions between human disturbance, climate change, and rangeland health, and in better understanding the responses of different aspects of ecosystem function to disturbance and climate change.

 


 

 

CSP, LLC / Southern Plains Climate Hub

Clay Pope
15512 N 2740 RD
Loyal, Oklahoma 73756
(405)210-8950  -and-

5005 NW Darlington Rd.
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 699-2087
Clay.Pope@gmail.com

Mr. Clay Pope, one of the founders of CSP LLC, currently provides coordination and outreach services to the Southern Plains Climate Hub. Clay served in the House of Representatives from 1994 through 2004 and as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts from 2004 to 2014. Prior to his service in the Legislature, he Pope served as Agriculture and Trade Assistant to Congressman Glenn English in Washington D.C. During his tenure in the legislature, Clay served as chairman of the Agriculture and International Trade Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, Vice Chair of the House Appropriations and Budget Sub-Committee on Natural Resources and as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma House Agriculture Committee. He also served on the Intergovernmental Advisory Panel to the United States Trade Representative, representing state legislatures. Clay has received numerous honors including the Farm Bureau Legislative Meritorious Service Award, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Representative of the Year, The Oklahoma Farmers Union Legislative Leadership award, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts President’s Award and was named Agriculture Man of the Year for Oklahoma by Progressive Farmer magazine in 1999. In 2005 Clay was named a 'Graduate of Distinction' from the College of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University and was named the Oklahoma Conservationist of the Year by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2009. In 2013 he was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a regional Emmy Award for his outreach and educational work in conjunction with the Ken Burns documentary The Dust Bowl

 


 

 

CSP, LLC / Southern Plains Climate Hub

Sarah Pope
15512 N 2740 RD
Loyal, Oklahoma 73756
(405)210-8950  -and-

5005 NW Darlington Rd.
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 699-2087
SarahMariePope@gmail.com

Sarah Pope is a founding member of CSP, LLC., a consulting firm with over 45 years of combined experience in the conservation and natural resources field. CSP provides program development, public relations, policy development and analysis, as well as education and outreach services. Currently, CSP's clients are regional and national in scope and include, but are not limited to, the United States Department of Agriculture Southern Plains Climate Hub and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. Prior to starting her business, Sarah spent 7 years as the Programs Director for the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) where her grant writing experience enabled the organization to grow from a staff of one to four full-time employees and two part-time employees and raised the annual revenue from approximately $9 4,000 to just over $36 0,000. In addition to acquiring funding, Sarah was responsible for developing and managing multiple programs including two types of ecosystem crediting programs, education initiatives, and organizational leadership development programs. 

Prior to her work in conservation, Sarah earned a Bachelor's in Social Work at the University of Oklahoma and began her career in the political sector, serving as a legislative assistant, state senate campaign operations manager, field director for a U.S. Senate campaign and as a part-time advance team member for a presidential candidate before choosing to explore life off the campaign trail. Sarah returned home to the great state of Oklahoma and met her future husband, Clay, falling in love with him and life on the farm.  Though work is a great passion and source of joy, more than anything, she loves spending time with her husband, their 4 children, 2 dogs, and her family in Oklahoma City, OK and extended family on the farm in Loyal, OK.

 


 

 

Director, Grazinglands Research Laboratory

Jean L. Steiner, Ph.D.
ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory
U.S. Department of Agriculture
7207 W. Cheyenne Street
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 262-5291 ext. 228

Jean.Steiner@ARS.USDA.GOV

Jean L. Steiner is the Director of the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma, which is home to the Southern Plains Climate Hub. Jean has been with the Laboratory since 2001 and leads and conducts research on watersheds and climate and leads research in sustainable forage-grazing systems. She has been employed by the Agricultural Research Service since 1983, first in the Texas Panhandle focusing on water conservation, crop residue management, and energy balance research in dryland agricultural systems, and then leading research in the Georgia Piedmont region focused on sustainability of agriculture at farm and watershed scales. Jean is also the co-Director of the Grazing CAP project entitled Resilience and Vulnerability of Beef Cattle Production in the Southern Great Plains Under Changing Climate, Land Use and Markets. She has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and was the 2015 President of the American Society of Agronomy.