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Krista Ehlert

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Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Range Specialist

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Mailing Address

SDSU West River Research & Extension
711 N Creek Dr
Rapid City, SD 57703


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 connect with producers and partners to better understand how to utilize management strategies, such as rotational grazing, to improve our natural resources in South Dakota. I am part of the Rural Behavioral Health Team, which is focused on providing farm/ranch stress workshops to producers and those that work with them to improve producer resiliency. I am particularly vested in developing programming to engage youth, and wish to develop technologies to improve producer efficiency, production, and work-life balance.

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

Rangelands Partnership
Society for Range Management



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