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Research Profile – Shawn DeKeyser

The possibility of improving our natural resources and identifying sustainable management techniques for future generations excites me the most.

Name: Shawn DeKeyser
Department/School: School of Natural Resource Sciences/Program Leader for Natural Resources Management
Campus Location: NDSU Main Campus/Morrill Hall

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The Researcher

Dr. DeKeyser was hired as an assistant professor in Range Science in 2007 and as an associate professor in Range Science since 2011. He has been acting Program Leader for the Natural Resources Management Program since 2013. Originally from Lakin, Kansas, he holds a B.S. degree from Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND; and M.S. and PhD degrees from NDSU, 1995 and 2000 respectively.

The Research

Dr. DeKeyser’s main research involves wetland and grassland restoration and management. There are many situations in North Dakota where native and introduced grasslands have been invaded by species which are lower in sustainable production, and provide little in the form of ecological services. The same can be said for many wetlands of the State. Dr. DeKeyser’s goal is to restore these areas so they provide as many goods and services to the land managers of North Dakota which includes not only annual forage production for livestock, but wildlife habitat, clean water, clean air, pollinator habitat, and biodiversity.

What do you want to accomplish in the short-term, and then, in the long-term?

Short-term goals include identifying those management techniques which can readily restore many of the ecological services these natural areas have historically provided. Long-term goals are to identify restoration techniques which are economically feasible to employ, and identify adaptive management possibilities for land managers to maintain ecological services due to changes in climate and land-use.



   

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