Dr. Lauren Dennhardt is an assistant professor in the Wildlife and Fisheries major at Valley City State University. She currently teaches Rangeland Management, Botany, Restoration Ecology, GIS, and Zoology. She earned her PhD at North Dakota State University and undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her main research interests include invasive plant species, prairie ecology, and research-based management. Before starting graduate school at North Dakota State University, she worked multiple plant management jobs with the City of St. Paul’s Environmental Services, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and Sequoia National Park. Lauren was always drawn to teaching and completed her College Teaching Certificate from North Dakota State in 2014. During Lauren’s doctorate work she received the departmental teaching award, the departmental research award, a three-minute thesis award, the Cross-Ranch Fellowship, and the Graduate School’s Doctoral Dissertation Award. She has two manuscripts published in Invasive Plant Science and Management and Weed Science. In her free time, she enjoys scuba-diving, cross-country skiing, biking, running, hiking, fishing, backpacking, canoeing, and camping.