Max T. Mauerman

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Staff Associate III, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Columbia Climate School

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Max Mauerman is a Staff Associate at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Reading Department of Agriculture, Policy and Development. His roles at IRI include the development of decision support tools for climate risk management as well as research on economic decision-making under climate uncertainty. Prior to joining IRI, Max worked for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), where he co-managed a large-scale evaluation of a rangeland conservation program in Namibia. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Food Programme and Tetra Tech on research topics related to climate resilience and conservation agriculture.


Full list of publications available on Google Scholar.

Select publications:

Mauerman, M., et al. (2022). An Information-Theoretic Approach to Reconciling Historical Climate Observations and Impacts on Agriculture. Weather, Climate and Society, doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-22-0019.1

Mauerman, M., et. al. (2022) The Long-Term Impact of Multi-Season Droughts on Livestock Holdings and Pastoralist Decision-Making in Marsabit, Kenya. Journal of Arid Environments. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2022.104928

Mauerman, M., Tjiseua, V., & Groves, D. W. (2023). Seeing Cattle like a State: Sedentist Assumptions of the Namibian Livestock Identification and Traceability System. Nomadic Peoples, 27(2), 171–197.

Led fieldwork and contributed to study design and analysis:

Coppock, L., et. al. (2022). Community-based rangeland management in Namibia improves resource governance but not environmental and economic outcomes. Nature Communications Earth & Environment, 3 (1). doi: 10.1038/s43247-022-00361-5