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Amy Symstad, PhD

Amy Symstad serves as a Research Ecologist and Chief of the Climate and Land-use Branch for the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center and is stationed at the Hot Springs, South Dakota duty station.

Amy Symstad is a plant ecologist whose research seeks to advance the understanding of prairie plant communities, their natural and anthropogenic drivers, and management practices to sustain and restore them.  Most of her work serves National Park Service units in the northern Great Plains, where altered fire and grazing regimes, invasive species, and climate change present conservation and management challenges.

Professional Experience

  • 2003-present: Research Ecologist, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1998.

  • S.B., Environmental Engineering Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992

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