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Dannele Peck

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Dannele E. Peck

Director, Northern Plains Climate Hub

Regional Climate Hub Director



USDA ARS Crops Research Lab

1701 Centre Ave.

Fort Collins, CO 80526


PHONE: (970) 744-9043





B.S.                      University of Wyoming                Wildlife Biology                                           2000

M.S.                     University of Wyoming                Agricultural Economics                              2002

PH.D.                   Oregon State University                Agricultural & Resource Economics   




Dr. Peck is Director of the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub, having joined ARS in November 2016. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Wyoming, where she conducted research, extension, and teaching for 10 years. Her area of expertise is decision-making under risk and uncertainty, applied to a variety of agricultural issues, such as: drought preparedness and response in cropping systems; increasing farm/ranch resilience to weather variability and changing climate; and disease prevention and management in livestock and wildlife. Raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York, Dannele is a first-generation college graduate and proud alumna of the McNair Scholars Program. Click here to learn more about Dannele and the Northern Plains Climate Hub


Articles in Refereed Journals

Baldwin, T., Ritten, J.P., Derner, J.D., Augustine, D.J., Wilmer, H., Wahlert, J., Anderson, S., Irisarri, G. and Peck, D.E. 2022. Stocking rate and marketing dates for yearling steers grazing rangelands: Can producers do things differently to increase economic net benefits? Rangelands 44(4):251–257.

Derner, J. D, D. J. Augustine, D. D. Briske, H. Wilmer, L. M. Porensky, M. E. Fernández-Giménez, D. E. Peck,  J. P. Ritten , and the CARM Stakeholder Group. 2021. Can Collaborative Adaptive Management Improve Cattle Production in Multipaddock Grazing Systems? Rangeland Ecology & Management 75:1–8

Hartman, M. D., W. J. Parton, J. D. Derner, D. K. Schulte, W. K. Smith, D. E. Peck, K. A. Day, S. J. Del Grosso, S. Lutz, B. A. Fuchs, M. Chen, and W. Gao. 2020. Seasonal grassland productivity forecast for the U.S. Great Plains using Grass-Cast. Ecosphere 11(11): e03280. 10.1002/ecs2.3280

Lassa, M. J., H. Wilmer, M. Boone, Z. Brown, J.D. Derner, D.E. Peck, C. Thissen, C. Marlow. 2020. How to talk with ranchers about drought and climate resilience: Lessons from Knowledge exchange workshops in Montana. Journal of Extension 58: 1-14.

Peck, D. E., W. K. Reeves, A. M. Pelzel-McCluskey, J. D. Derner, B. Drolet, L. W. Cohnstaedt, D. Swanson, D. S. McVey, L. L. Rodriguez, D. P.C. Peters. 2020. Management Strategies for Reducing the Risk of Equines Contracting Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) in the Western United States. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 90 (2020) 103026

Maloney, M., J.A. Merkle, D. Aadland, D. Peck, R.D. Horan, K.L. Monteith, T. Winslow, J. Logan, D.C. Finnoff, C. Sims, B.A. Schumaker. 2020. Chronic wasting disease undermines efforts to control the spread of brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Ecological Applications, 10.1002/eap.2129.

Levi, M.R., E.S. Krueger, G.J. Snitker, T. Ochsner, M.L. Villarreal, E.H. Elias, D.E. Peck. 2019. Rating fire danger from the ground up. EOS 100:

Elderbrook, M., B. Schumaker, T. Cornish, D. Peck, K. Sondgeroth. 2019. Seroprevalence and risk factors of Brucella ovis infection in Wyoming domestic sheep. BMC Veterinary Research, 15:246

Edwards, B.L., N.P. Webb, D.P. Brown, E. Elias, D.E. Peck, F.B. Pierson, C.J. Williams, J.E. Herrick.  2019. Climate change impacts on wind and water erosion on US rangelands. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 74(4):405-418.  doi:10.2489/jswc.74.4.405

Peck, D., J. Derner, W. Parton, M. Hartman, and B. Fuchs. 2019.  Flexible stocking with Grass-Cast: A new grassland productivity forecast to translate climate outlooks for ranchers. Western Economics Forum,17: 24 – 39.

Wilmer, H.N., L.M. Porensky, M.E. Fernández-Giménez, J.D. Derner, D.J. Augustine, J.P. Ritten, D.P. Peck.  Community-Engaged Research Builds a Nature-Culture of Hope on North American Great Plains Rangelands. Social Sciences, 8, 22; doi:10.3390/socsci8010022

Irisarri, J.G., J. D. Derner, J. P. Ritten, D. E. Peck . 2019. Beef production and net revenue variability from grazing systems on semiarid grasslands of North America. Livestock Science 220: 93–99 

Conant, R.T., D. Kluck, M. Anderson, A. Badger, B.M. Boustead, J. Derner, L. Farris, M. Hayes, B. Livneh, S. McNeeley, D. Peck, M. Shulski, and V. Small. 2018. Northern Great Plains. 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.CH22

Jones Ritten, C., D. Peck, M. Ehmke, M.A.B. Patalee. 2018. Firm efficiency and returns-to-scale in the pollination services industry. Journal of Economic Entomology, 111(3):1014–1022.

Munsick, T.R., D.E. Peck, J.P. Ritten, R. Jones, M. Jones, M.M. Miller. 2017. Expected net benefit of vaccinating rangeland sheep against bluetongue virus using a modified-live versus killed virus vaccine. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4: 166. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00166.

Averyt, K., J. Derner, L. Dilling, R. Guerrero, L. Joyce, S. McNeeley, E. McNie, J.Morisette, D. Ojima, R. O'Malley, D. Peck, A. Ray, M. Reeves, and W. Travis, 2017: Regional Climate Response Collaboratives: Multi-institutional Support for American Meteorological Society Climate Resilience. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0183.1.

Derner, J. , D. Briske,  M.  Reeves, T. Brown-Brandl, M.  Meehan, D. Blumenthal, W. Travi ,D. Augustine,  H.  Wilmer, D. Scasta, J. Hendrickson,  J. Volesky, L. Edwards, D. Peck. 2018. Vulnerability of grazing and confined livestock in the Northern Great Plains to projected mid and late-twenty-first century climate. Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-017-2029-6 

Peck, D., M. Bruce. 2017. Economic efficiency and equity of government policies on brucellosis: comparative insights from Albania and the United States. In (J. Rushton, ed.) Revue Scientifique et Technique - Office International des Épizooties.  36(1):291-302. doi 10.20506/rst.36.1.2629.

 Kauffman,M., D. Peck, B. Scurlock, J. Logan, T. Robinson, W. Cook, K. Boroff, B. Schumaker. 2016. Risk assessment and management of brucellosis in the southern greater Yellowstone area (I): a citizen-science based risk model for bovine brucellosis transmission from elk to cattle. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 132:88-97.

 Boroff, K., M. Kauffman, D.Peck, E. Maichak, B. Scurlock, B. Schumaker. 2016. Risk assessment and management of brucellosis in the southern greater Yellowstone area (II): cost-benefit analysis of elk brucellosis seroprevalence reduction. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 134:39-48.

 Ruff, S.P., D.E. Peck, C.T. Bastian, W.E. Cook. 2016. Economics of transitioning from a cow-calf-yearling operation to a stocker operation. Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers 2016:55-76.

 Kim, C.S., R.M. Adams, D.E. Peck. 2016. Multiyear discrete stochastic programming with a fuzzy semi-Markov process. Applied Mathematics 7:482-495.

 Dohna, H., D.E. Peck, B.K. Johnson, A. Reeves, B.A. Schumaker. 2014. Wildlife-livestock interactions in a western rangeland setting: quantifying disease-relevant contacts. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 113(4):447-456.

 Peck, D. and J. Peterson (Guest Eds.). 2013. Introduction to the special issue on ‘Climate Variability and Water-Dependent Sectors: Impacts and Potential Adaptations.’ Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 5(2-3):73-77.

 Roberts, T.W., D.E. Peck, J.P. Ritten. 2012. Cattle producers’ economic incentives for preventing bovine brucellosis under uncertainty. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 107(3-4):187-203.

 Bastian, C.T., D.E. Peck, M.A. Smith, J.J. Jacobs. 2012. Sagebrush control: at what canopy cover is it economically justified?  Rangeland Ecology and Management 65(4):351-361.

 Bastian, C.T., S.T. Gray, D.E. Peck, J.P. Ritten, K.M. Hansen, J.M. Krall, S.I. Paisley. 2012. The nature of climate science for the Rocky Mountain West: implications for economists trying to help agriculture adapt. Western Economics Forum 10(2):23-32.

 Schumaker, B.A., D.E. Peck, M.E. Kauffman. 2012. Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area: disease management at the wildlife-livestock interface. Human-Wildlife Interactions 6(1):48-63.

 Kauffman, M.E., B.S. Rashford, D.E. Peck. 2012. Unintended consequences of bovine brucellosis management on demand for elk hunting in northwest Wyoming. Human-Wildlife Interactions 6(1):12-29.

 Peck, D.E. and R.M. Adams. 2011. A reply to ‘Multiyear vs. single-year drought: a comment on Peck and Adams.’ Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 55:454-457.

 Peck, D.E. 2010. Bovine brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area: an economic diagnosis. Western Economics Forum 9(1):27-41.

 Strauch, B.A., D.E. Peck, L.J. Held. 2010. A case study of fall versus spring calving for the Rocky Mountain West. Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers 73(1):74-84.

 Peck, D.E. and R.M. Adams. 2010. Farm-level impacts of prolonged drought: is a multiyear event more than the sum of its parts?  Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 54:43-60.

Adams, R.M. and D.E. Peck. 2008. Effects of climate change on water resources. Choices 23(1):12-14.

 Peck, D.E., D.M. McLeod, J.P. Hewlett, J.R. Lovvorn. 2004. Irrigation-dependent wetlands versus instream flow enhancement: economics of water transfers from agriculture to wildlife uses. Environmental Management 34(6):842-855.

 Adams, R.M. and D.E. Peck. 2002. Drought and climate change: implications for the West. Western Economics Forum 1(2):14-19.

 Peck, D.E. and J.R. Lovvorn. 2001. The importance of flood irrigation in water supply to wetlands in the Laramie Basin, Wyoming. Wetlands 21(3):370-378.

 Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

 Peck, D. and J. Peterson (Eds.). 2014. Climate Variability and Water-Dependent Sectors: Impacts and Potential Adaptations. Re-print, in book form, of a special issue previously published in the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis

 Griffin, R.C., D.E. Peck, J. Maestu. 2013. Introduction: myths, principles and issues in water trading. In J. Maestu (ed.) Water Trading and Global Water Scarcity: International ExperiencesNew York, NY: RFF Press.

 Peck, D.E. 2013. Non-native pest prevention and control: the role of government interventions and their impact on efficiency. In R. Knutson and W. Armbruster (eds.) U.S. Government Policies Affecting Food and Agricultural Marketing. New York, NY: Springer.

 Peck, D.E. and R.M. Adams. 2012. Farm-level impacts of climate change: alternative approaches for modeling uncertainty. In A. Dinar and R. Mendelsohn (eds.) Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire: Edward Elgar Publishing.

 Adams, R.M. and D.E. Peck. 2008. Climate change and water resources: potential impacts and implications. In A. Garrido and A. Dinar (eds.) Managing Water Resources in a Time of Global Change: Contributions from the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy. Oxford: Routledge Publishing.

 Outreach Publications

 Peck, D., T. Munsick, M. Miller, R. Jones. 2016. Economics of vaccinating sheep against bluetongue disease. Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin 2016, Off-Station Reports, Short Reports, pp. 167-168.

 Roberts, T.W., D.E. Peck, J.P. Ritten, B.R. Hoar. 2015. The cost of brucellosis prevention: spaying heifers. Publication B-1273. University of Wyoming Extension.

 Ruff, S., D.E. Peck, C.T. Bastian, W.E. Cook. 2014. Enterprise budget for a cow-calf-yearling operation, northwestern Wyoming. Publication MP-126.1. University of Wyoming Extension.  

 Ruff, S., D.E. Peck, C.T. Bastian, W.E. Cook. 2014. Enterprise budget for a stocker operation, northwestern Wyoming: spring-purchased 600-pound stockers. Publication MP-126.2. University of Wyoming Extension.  

 Ruff, S., D.E. Peck, C.T. Bastian, W.E. Cook. 2014. Enterprise budget for a stocker operation, northwestern Wyoming: spring-purchased 700-pound stockers. Publication MP-126.3. University of Wyoming Extension.

 Hageman, C. [based on interviews with M. Miller and D. Peck]. 2014. Vet sciences, agricultural economics scientists combine to study bluetongue virus. Ag News 23(1):13-14. University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Roberts, T.W., D.E. Peck, J.P. Ritten, B.S. Rashford. 2012. The cost of brucellosis prevention: fencing stackyards. Publication B-1232. University of Wyoming Extension.

Research Reports

Nagler, A.M., D. Peck, and C.T. Bastian. 2016. Small ruminant feedlot profiles and transportation networks in the western US. Final report to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Cooperative Agreement Award No. 15-9200-0426-CA, August 31, 2016, 68pp.

Peck, D. and M. Hayes. 2016. Cattle-elk-deer interactions in northeast Oregon. Final report to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Cooperative Agreement Award No. 15-9200-0426-CA, August 31, 2016, 15pp.

Mortensen, L.E. and D. Peck. 2016. Cost parameters of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Wyoming. Final report to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Cooperative Agreement Award No. 15-9200-0426-CA, August 31, 2016, 35pp.

 Peck, D.E., C.T. Bastian, A.M. Nagler. 2016. 2014 Intermountain States Sheep and Goat Production, Marketing, and Transportation Survey Results. Final report prepared for USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. March, 2016, 80pp.