The Nature Conservancy
University of North Dakota
Creighton University – BS in Environmental Science, 2000
University of Missouri – PhD in Biology, 2005
Marissa received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri where she studied the habitat features used by grasshopper and Baird’s sparrows to choose their breeding territories in North Dakota and Saskatchewan, Canada with Dr. John Faaborg. She completed a post-doctoral project with the Smithsonian Institution and the Eggert Lab, assessing community-based conservation options for African savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana). She joined The Nature Conservancy as lead Prairie Ecologist for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in January 2010. Marissa is also an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department at the University of North Dakota. To learn more about Marissa’s current research, visit The Nature Conservancy’s website.