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Christina L.M. Hargiss, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
203B Morrill Hall

Research Interests:

  • Wetland Ecology, Assessment, and Monitoring
  • Environmental Education and Outreach 
  • Effects of energy development on natural resources in North Dakota


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources Management, North Dakota State University, 2009
  • MS, Natural Resources Management, North Dakota State University, 2005
  • BS, Natural Resources Management, Biological Science Education, Comprehensive Science Education, North Dakota State University, 2003 

Courses Taught:

  • NRM 421/621 Environmental Outreach Methods
  • NRM 431/631 National Environmental Policy Act/Environmental Assessment
  • NRM 491/691 Senior Seminar
  • NRM 450 Introduction to Natural Resources and Agro-ecosystems
  • NRM 401/601 Urban Ecosystem Management


  • Estimating the Impact to Wetlands in Western North Dakota from Dust and Road Use Increases due to Energy Development

  • Similarities and Differences in Rural, Urban, and Inner-City Students   

  • Understanding and Perceptions of Food Production, Recycling, and Open Space

  • The National Wetland Condition Assessment and North Dakota’s Intensification

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Hargiss, C.L.M. and E.S. DeKeyser. 2014. The Challenges of Conducting Environmental Research on Privately Owned Land. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 186(2): 979-985.
  • DeKeyser, E.S., M. Biondini, D. Kirby, and C. Hargiss.  2009.  Low prairie plantcommunities as a function of disturbance:  Physical parameters.  Ecological Indicators 9:396-306.

  • Hargiss, C.L.M., E.S. DeKeyser, D.R. Kirby, and M.J. Ell.  2008.  Regional assessment of wetland plant communities using the index of plant community integrity. Ecological Indicators 8: 303-307.

  • Melaas, C.L., K.D. Zimmer, M.G. Butler, and M.A. Hanson.  2001.  Effects of  rotenone on aquatic invertebrate communities in prairie wetlands.  Hydrobiologia 459: 177-186.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Hargiss, C.L.M.  2009.  Estimating Wetland Quality for the Missouri Coteau ecoregion in North Dakota.  Ph.D. Dissertation.  North Dakota State Universty, Fargo, ND. 162 pp.

  • Hargiss, C.L.M., E.S. DeKeyser, and D.R. Kirby.  2006.  Evaluation of an IPCI for Assessing Wetland Plant Communities in the PPR.  Technical Report ND06-02.  North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute.  Fargo, ND. 

  • Hargiss, C.L.M., E.S. DeKeyser, and D.R. Kirby.  2006.  Assessing Wetland Plant Communities in the Prairie Pothole Region.  Annual Report.  Central Grasslands Research Extension Center.  Streeter, ND. 

  • Hargiss, C.L.M. 2005.  Evaluation of an index of plant community integrity for assessing wetland plant communities in the Prairie Pothole Region.  M.S. Thesis.  North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.  116pp.

Invited Presentations:

  • Meyers, L.M., E.S. DeKeyser, C.L.M. Hargiss, J.E. Norland, T. DeSutter, M. Ell. 2013. The <//span>North Dakota intensification of the NWCA. The Association of State Wetland Managers Annual State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Meeting, Shepherdstown, WV. 

  • Hargiss, C.L.M.<//span> 2012.  <//span>Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between traditional agricultural uses and non-agricultural uses.  <//span>ND State Envirothon Competition Current Issue Topic Presentation.  <//span>Crystal Springs, ND.

  • Hargiss, C.L.M., E.S. DeKeyser, J.E. Norland, T. DeSutter, L.M. Meyers, and M.J. Ell.  <//span>2012.  The North Dakota intensification of the NWCA: An endeavor in collaboration.  <//span>Annual Society of Wetland Scientists Conference.  <//span>Orlando, FL. 

  • Hargiss, C.L.M. 2012.  <//span>The Red River: A Clearer Understanding.  <//span>Fargo-Moorhead Communiversity Series.  <//span>Moorhead, MN.

  • DeKeyser, S., C. Hargiss, and M. Ell.  <//span>2012.  <//span>Preliminary results from the North Dakota intensification of the National Wetland Condition Assessment.  <//span>National Water Quality Monitoring Council, Eighth National Monitoring Conference, Water:  <//span>One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future.  <//span>May.  <//span>Portland, OR.

  • DeKeyser, E.S., C.L.M. Hargiss, L.M. Meyers, and M.J. Ell.  <//span>2012.  <//span>The development of a multiple collaborator venture connected to the national wetland condition assessment in North Dakota.  <//span>North Dakota Water Quality Monitoring Conference. Bismarck, ND.

  • Hargiss, C.L.M. 2011. Biological Assessment and Monitoring of Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region. Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management, Billings, MT.

  • Hargiss, C.L.M. 2010.  Comparison of Three Tiered Wetland Assessment Methods.  Minnesota Wetlands Conference, St. Paul, MN



Professional Memberships

  • National Science Teachers Association (2009-Present)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists (2008-present)
  • ND Coalition for Conservation and Environmental Education (2006-present)
  • ND State Envirothon Committee (2006-present)
  • Society for Range Management (2005-present)
  • River Keepers (2004-Present)

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For more information on Natural Resources Management
at North Dakota State University, contact:
Shawn DeKeyser, Ph.D.
Program Leader - Natural Resources Management Interdiscliplinary Program
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Shawn DeKeyser

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