- Ph.D., Wildland Resource Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
- M.S., Range Conservation Management, University of California, Berkeley, 1981
- B.S., Conservation of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Selected adaptation projects:
- Using a co-development process to improve, integrate and encourage use of drought information and adaptive management of livestock grazing on National Forests. NOAA, Climate Program Office Sectoral Applications Program.
- Evaluating the effects of grazing land conservation practices on southwestern watersheds, USDA-CSREES Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP).
- Climate-rangeland connections: Building a knowledge center of best practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation on southwestern rangelands. Planning Proposal, USDA Climate Change Program.
- McClaran, M.P. and H. Wei, 2014. Recent drought phase in a 73-year record at two spatial scales: Implications for livestock production on rangelands in the Southwestern United States, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 187: 40-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.06.004
- Mashiri, F.E., M.P. McClaran, and J.S. Fehmi, 2008. Long-term vegetation change related to grazing systems, precipitation and mesquite cover. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 61: 368-379.
- Brugger, J., M. Crimmins, G. Ruyle, and M. McClaran, 2013. Ranching with drought in the southwest: a workshop report and invitation. Cattlelog, 67(6): 17-18, 25.