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Esther McGinnis

Esther McGinnis
Office: Loftsgard 166H
Phone: (701) 231-7406

Extension Specialist
Assistant Professor

Plant Sciences Extension Information
Lawns, Gardens & Trees Website

ND Master Gardener Website

Dr. Esther McGinnis advises county Extension agents and coordinates horticultural programs in the eastern half of North Dakota. She also oversees the North Dakota Master Gardener program.  Her research focuses on the propagation and use of natives in the horticultural landscape.


  • PhD 2013, Applied Plant Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • MS 2008, Applied Plant Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • JD 1996, University of Minnesota Law School
  • BA 1993, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Professional Experience

  • 2013 - present: Assistant Professor, Extension Horticulture Specialist, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2005-2013:  Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota
  • 1996-2005:  Attorney with the law firm of Peterson, Fram & Bergman, P.A.

Professional Affiliation

  • American Society of Horticultural Science
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