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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

In my role, I connect with producers and partners to better understand how to utilize management strategies to improve our natural resources in South Dakota. I am particularly proud of the work that I do with beginning producers as well as women and youth. I enjoy being part of interdisciplinary teams that tackle research questions through innovative approaches, and provide actionable results to beef cattle producers across South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains.

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

Extension Responsibilities

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 Nature Conservancy, SD Game, Fish, & Parks, NRCS, and BLM, to name a few.

Professional Memberships

Rangelands Partnership
Society for Range Management

Area(s) of Research

Range ecology
Low-cost, low-tech process-based riparian restoration
Virtual fencing



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