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Toni Klemm


Research Social Scientist



 Ph.D.                      University of Oklahoma                                      Geography      2018

 Diploma*                Dresden University of Technology (Germany)       Geography    2011

* equivalent to M.S



Dr. Klemm is an interdisciplinary climate scientist at the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub. Toni’s research applies science co-production methods and environmental data analysis to identify management challenges as a result of climate change, particularly in an agricultural context. He uses climate, vegetation, and other data and works with stakeholders and decision makers to develop effective decision tools and sustainable, adaptive management practices. Toni grew up on a sheep farm in eastern Germany and moved stateside in 2012 to pursue his Ph.D. His dissertation received the 2020 Dissertation Award by the American Association of State Climatologists. Toni is a passionate science communicator and science educator. Learn more about his podcasting, blogging, photography, and videography here.



Briske, D. D., J. P. Ritten, A. R. Campbell, T. Klemm, and A. E. King (2021): Future Climate Variability Will Challenge Rangeland Beef Cattle Production in the Great Plains. Rangelands.

Klemm, T., D. D. Briske, and M. C. Reeves (2020): Potential Natural Vegetation and NPP Responses to Future Climates in the U.S. Great Plains. Ecosphere, 11 (10), e03264.

Klemm, T., D. D. Briske, and M. C. Reeves (2020): Vulnerability of Rangeland Beef Cattle Production to Climate-Induced NPP Fluctuations in the U.S. Great Plains. Global Change Biology, 26, 4841-4853.

Klemm, T. and D. D. Briske (2019): Retrospective Assessment of Beef Cow Numbers to Climate Variability Throughout the U.S. Great Plains. Rangeland Ecology & Management.

Klemm, T. and R. A. McPherson (2018): Assessing Decision Timing and Seasonal Climate Forecast Needs of Winter Wheat Producers in the South-Central United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57, 2129-2140.

Klemm, T. and R. A. McPherson (2017): The development of seasonal climate forecasting for agricultural producers. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 232, 384-399.