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Krista Ehlert

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Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Range Specialist

Office Building


Mailing Address

SDSU Extension West River Ag Center
1905 N Plaza Blvd
Rapid City, SD 57702


If you would like my CV or more information, please feel free to contact me at my sdstate email address noted above. Thank you!


2017, Ph.D. Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University in Bozeman, MT
2013, M.S. Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University in Bozeman, MT
2011, B.A. Biology, St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN

Academic Interests/Expertise

In my role, I am particularly excited about utilizing alternative management strategies, such as targeted grazing, to help control invasive plants in South Dakota rangelands. I am especially interested in developing programming to engage women and youth, and am invested in education and outreach as a means to sustain South Dakota ranching.

Specialty Area

  • Cooperative Extension
  • Rangeland Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Ecologically-Based Invasive Plant Management

Extension Responsibilities

In this role, I am responsible for Extension programming and research related to South Dakota rangelands. This includes developing collaborations with other SDSU faculty, as well as non-profits, state and federal agencies, such as the SD Grassland Coalition, SD Game, Fish, & Parks, NRCS, and BLM, to name a few.

Professional Memberships

Society for Range Management
Ecological Society of America



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