Maddie joined the National Drought Mitigation Center as a social science research assistant in the fall of 2021 after completing a M.S. in Natural Resources, where she studied perceptions of risk associated with exposure to lead. Maddie is working to better understand how agricultural producers and others are coping with the risks associated with drought, in addition to identifying the pathways and barriers to drought adaptation and mitigation. She also helps to elicit feedback from NDMC stakeholders to inform the development of future engagement efforts and decision support tools. Maddie has worked with Drought Advisors on the Drought Leadership Handbook.