IANR Global Engagement Staff


IANR’s global engagement activity spans the Institute, and is powered by activity in academic units and centers. Explore the exciting work being done across research, education and engagement:


Agricultural Research Division

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Rwandan Scholars Program

Food Science 3+1 Program with Northwest Ag & Forestry University

Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

Yeutter Institute for International Trade and Finance

National Drought Mitigation Center

Liana Calegare

Liana Calegare

Global Programs Manager: Faculty, Research & Capacity Building, Agricultural Research Division

In her role, Liana identifies opportunities for international collaboration through research, extension, and capacity building efforts and provides support for the formation of transdisciplinary teams to prepare project proposals. She spearheads efforts to develop, implement, and coordinate federal funded capacity building programs, such as USDA-FAS Scientific Exchanges, Borlaug Fellowship, and Cochran Programs. She leverages partnerships with Global Centers of Excellence in Agriculture and National and Global Network and oversees the agreements with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Fulbright-Brazil. Additionally, she assists and coordinates visits of international delegations, with focus on connecting IANR faculty to visiting scientists in their area of interest. Last, she administers the International Impact Awards: FAPESP SPRINT, seed grants to implement and/or strengthen international collaborations, and travel awards.

 Liana started at UNL in January 2012 as the Liaison of Brazil Scientific Mobility Program for the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources, creating the original processes and programming for the inaugural cohort, as well as continued program management, advising and support for over 250 more Brazilian students over the next several years. Previously, she worked as a research scholar at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Meat and Animal Research Center (U.S. MARC) in the Nutrition Research Unit.

She holds a B.S. in veterinary medicine from the State University of Londrina (Brazil), and received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in animal science from the University of São Paulo/ESALQ (Brazil). She is a native Portuguese speaker.

Contact Liana about:

  • USAID, USDA/FAS, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and other funding resources
  • Agricultural research and global collaborations
  • International Impact Awards - research and travel grants 

Contact Liana

Jon Kerrigan

Jon Kerrigan

Global Programs Manager: Global Learning and Exchange, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Jon’s primary duties focus on working to create global experiences for students in the College Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Connecting international students within the college to activities that exist across campus and within the community and increasing collaboration and engagement between UNL and institutions abroad that have a focus in the field of agriculture and natural resources.

Prior to joining IANR Global Engagement, Jon worked and studied in mainland China for nearly five years at institutions of higher education throughout the country as an instructor of language, culture, politics, and business. He has worked in the international non-profit sector in Brussels, Belgium as Asia-Pacific Desk Officer for Pax Christi International, a human rights NGO and as International Student Coordinator at the International Education Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota working with newly arrived immigrant and refugee families.

He moved to Lincoln in 2013 to work as Global Exchange Coordinator for the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). He fully joined IANR Global Engagement and CASNR in 2016 where he has focused on increasing and strengthening relationships in the Asia-Pacific region and overseas student academic programming.

Jon holds a B.S. in social studies education from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and an M.A. in international political economy from the Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent in Brussels, Belgium. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in educational leadership and higher education and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Contact Jon about:

  • Global experiential learning
  • International student activities
  • Faculty led education abroad opportunities
  • 3+1 Program in the Department of Food Science & Technology
  • Interest in Asia-Pacific engagement

Contact Jon

Brianne Wolf

Brianne Wolf

Global Programs Manager: Connections, Communication and Outreach, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Brianne works to connect, collaborate and communicate in the sphere of the Institute's global engagement. She works closely with both Liana, Jon and their respective teams to support efforts in global research, education and capacity building, while also filling in the spaces in between. In collaboration with the IANR team, she created and now oversees the IANR Student Diplomat program, in addition to collaborating with the broader IANR and university community to develop global initiatives. 

Hailing from rural Nebraska, Brianne brings both local knowledge and an international lens to the team. Prior to joining IANR, Brianne worked for the Ministry of Spain’s Consulate of Education, Training and Employment (La Rioja) for three years in addition to traveling to over 35 countries across Europe and the MENA region. Her U.S. professional experience includes new venture development with an environmental nonprofit and doing social media, writing and strategy work for several companies in the Lincoln/Omaha area. She now brings a different regional focus and capability to the team being based in Mexico City, a bustling hub for engagement in Latin America.

Brianne holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree in public relations and advertising from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently finishing her master’s thesis in the area of global one health (natural resource sciences with a human dimensions specialization). She speaks Spanish.

Contact Brianne about:

  • Sharing about your international activity (as a faculty, staff or student)
  • General inquiries about global engagement across IANR
  • The IANR Student Diplomat program or internship positions

Contact Brianne