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Marissa Ahlering

Science Director

North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota

Marissa Ahlering smiling against a prairie backdrop.

Marissa Ahlering Lead Prairie Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota © Cara Byington

Areas of Expertise

Grassland ecology, climate change adaptation, prairie reconstruction planning

Media Contact

Chris Anderson
ph. 612-845-2744


Dr. Marissa Ahlering has a passion for prairies and prairie conservation. Currently the Science Director for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, Marissa’s work with TNC focuses on building resilience in grassland ecosystems, designing prairie restorations and helping to stop grassland conversion. 

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