Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D.

Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service






Dr. Jerry L. Hatfield is currently the Laboratory Director of the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1975 in the area of Agricultural Climatology and Statistics, a M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Kentucky in 1972, and B.S. from Kansas State University in Agronomy in 1971.  He served on the faculty of the University of California-Davis as a biometeorologist from 1975 through 1983 and then joined USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Lubbock, Texas as the Research Leader of the Plant Stress and Water Conservation Research Unit from 1983 through 1989.  He was appointed Laboratory Director of the National Soil Tilth Laboratory in 1989 which was renamed to the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in 2009.  His personal research focuses on quantifying the interactions among the components of the soil-plant-atmosphere system to quantify resilience of cropping systems to climate change. He served as the lead author on “The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity” and a member of the IPCC process that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and contributing author on “Agriculture” for the State of the Knowledge Report on “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States and Lead Author on an IPCC Special report on the Effects of Climate Extremes. He currently serves as the lead on the Agriculture sector report and the Midwest region report for the 2013 National Climate Assessment. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America and Past-President of the American Society of Agronomy and member of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and Soil and Water Conservation Society.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the USDA Superior Service Award in 1997, the Arthur S. Flemming award for Outstanding Service to the Federal Government in 1997 along with the Distinguished Service Award, Kansas State University in 2002, Distinguished Alumni Award from Kansas State University in 2011, and the 2011 Conservation Research Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is the author or co-author of 389 refereed publications and the editor of 15 monographs.