Carolyn Grygiel, Ph.D., M.B.A., CPRM, MPM
Professor – Rangeland Ecology
Director – Natural Resources Management Interdisciplinary Program
School of Natural Resource Sciences
Morrill Hall - 307A
Reconstruction of prairie landscapes
Patch dynamics processes
Plant competition and the scaling of soil resources
Relationships between landscape patterns, ecological processes and biological diversity in native Great Plains grasslands
B.S., Rangeland Resources Management; Oregon State University; June 1977
B.S., Technical Journalism; Oregon State University; June 1977
M.B.A., University of Mary; April 2000
MAg, Rangeland Resources; Minors: Extension Methods and Agricultural Economics; Oregon State University; June 1978
Ph.D., Rangeland Ecology; Colorado State University; August 1983
Certified Professional Range Management (CPRM);
Master Project Manager (MPM)
NRM 150 - Natural Resources Management Orientation
NRM 225/RNG 225 - Natural Resources & Agroecosystems
NRM 491 - Natural Resources Management Undergraduate Seminar
NRM 690 - Natural Resources Management Graduate Seminar
NRM 702 - Natural Resources Management Planning
AGRI 150 - Agriculture Orientation (Guest Lecturer)
RNG 336 - Introduction to Range Management (Guest Lecturer)
Advisor: Natural Resources Management Club
NRM Liasion for Gamma Sigma Delta
Director – Natural Resources Management Interdisciplinary Program; North Dakota State University; Mar 1998 – Present;
Chairman – NRM Coordinating Committee;
Advisor – NRM Scholarship Committee;
NRM Club Advisor
Associate Professor, Rangeland Ecology; School of Natural Resource Sciences; North Dakota State University; Mar 1998 – Present
Selected Research Grants Awarded:
Co-PI’s: Mario E. Biondini, Larry Cihacek, Carolyn Grygiel, and Won Koo; Multifunctional Biomass Production for Ethanol from High Diversity CRP Grasslands. USDA-NRICGP-2008-00717; $399,720(2008-2011).
Co-PI’s: Carolyn E. Grygiel and Mario E. Biondini; Patch dynamics Processes and the Restoration of Prairie Landscapes;TNC-Mellon Foundation / Ecosystem Research Program; $104,616 (2000–06).
Co-PI’s: M.E. Biondini and C.E. Grygiel; Plant Diversity, Production, and Stability in Grassland Ecosystems;USDA-NRICGP-9900979;$279,500
Co-PI’s: M. E. Biondini and C.E. Grygiel; Grassland Patchiness and the Scaling of Soil Nitrogen;USDA-NRICGP-93-0051; $135,000 (1993-98).
Co-PI’s: M.E. Biondini and C.E. Grygiel; Plant Competition and the Scaling of Soil Resources;National Science Foundation DEB-9627928; $185,757(1996-99).
Co-PI’s: M.E. Biondini, A.A. Steuter, and C.E. Grygiel; Relationships Between Landscape Patterns, Ecological Processes, and Biological Diversity in Native Great Plains Grasslands; TNC/Melon Foundation Ecosystem Research Program $285,000 ($91,000 awarded to NDSU) (1994-1999).
PI: Carolyn E. Grygiel; Small Scale Disturbances and their Application as a Management Tool for Increasing Plant Diversity in Tallgrass Prairie;The Nature Conservancy; $48,260; (1990-1993).
Selected Education Grants Awarded:
PI: C. E. Grygiel; Graduate Student Recruiting Award; The Graduate School – NDSU; $7500; (2008).
PI: C. E. Grygiel; Graduate Student Recruiting Award; The Graduate School – NDSU; $4000; (2006).
PI: C. E. Grygiel; Doctoral Education Enhancement Award; The Graduate School – NDSU; $15,000; (2006).
PI: C. E. Grygiel; President’s Professional Development Fund; NDSU Development Foundation; $1000; (2005).
PI: C. E. Grygiel; Centennial Grant for NRM Books; NDSU Development Foundation: $4500; (2004)
Grygiel, C.E. 2008. Natural Resources Management. Encyclopedia of Rural America. 2nd Edition. Volume 2, pp. 673-675. Grey House Publishing: Millerton, NY.
Grygiel, C.E., J.E. Norland, and M.E. Biondini. 2009. Can Carbon and Phosphorous Amendments Increase Native Forbs in a Prairie Restoration Process? A Case Study in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie (U.S.A.). Submitted to Plant Ecology; 9 June 2009.
Grygiel, C.E., J.E. Norland, and M.E. Biondini. 2009. Precision Prairie Reconstruction (PPR): A Technique for Increasing Native Forb Species Richness in a Few-Culture Grass Matrix. Ecological Restoration. 27:459-67
Grygiel, C.E. 2008. Book Review: Prairie Dog Empire by P.A. Johnsgard. North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains 74:46-47.
Ringwall, K., M.E. Biondini, and C.E. Grygiel. 2000. Effects of Nitrogen fertilization in Leafy Spurge Root Architecture. Journal of Range Management. 53:228-232.
Shariff, A.R., M.E. Biondini and C.E. Grygiel. 1994. Litter decomposition rates and soil nitrogen dynamics as a function of grazing intensity. Journal of Range Management 47:444-449.
Shariff, A.R., M.E. Biondini and C.E. Grygiel. 1994. Net primary productivity and plant nitrogen dynamics as a function of grazing intensity. The Prairie Naturalist. 26: (3) 229-240
Biondini, M.E. and C.E. Grygiel. 1993. Landscape distribution of organisms and the scaling of soil resources. The American Naturalist 143: 582-610.
C.E. Grygiel, and M.E. Biondini. 1990. A synthesis approach to research/management planning applied to mixed prairie stewardship. Natural Areas Journal 10: 61-68.
C.E. Grygiel. 1989. Seasonal fire effects on diversity patterns, spatial distribution and community structure of forbs in the northern mixed prairie, U.S.A. Vegetatio 85:21-31.
Abstracts and Presentations:
Biondini, M., L. Cihacek, C.E. Grygiel, W. Koo, S. Pryor, and K. Ringwall. 2009. Multifunction Biomass Production for Ethanol from Restored Grasslands. Northern Plains Biomass Economy: What Makes Sense? 2009. Special Conference organized by : NDSU BioEPIC, NDSU/MBI Biomaterials Initiative, NDSU Office of the Vice President Agriculture and University Extension, and Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies. Ramada Plaza & Suites, Fargo, ND. 22 September 2009.
Grygiel, C.E. 2009. Applying the Patch Dynamics Concept to Precision Prairie Reconstruction (PPR). Biological Workshop: Using Native Grass and Forb Mixtures to Restore Refuge Lands. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Devils Lake Wetland Management District (North Dakota). 4-5 August 2009. (Invited Presentation).
Grygiel, C.E. 2009. Assessment Techniques in NRM 225. NDSU Pedagogical Luncheon Series. North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. (Invited Presentation).
Biondini, M.E. and C.E. Grygiel. 2008. Why Are Roots Designed The Way They Are? Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Washington, D.C. (Invited Presentation).
Grygiel, C.E. 2008. Precision Prairie Reconstruction (PPR) an Alternative Method for Increasing Species Richness in Grasslands. Farming with Grass: Achieving Sustainable Mixed Agricultural Landscapes in Grassland Environments. A Special Conference hosted by the Soil & Water Conservation Society. Oklahoma City Sheraton, Oklahoma City, OK. 20-22 October 2008.
Biondini, M., L. Cihacek, C.E. Grygiel, W. Koo, S. Pryor, and K. Ringwall. 2008. Multifunction Biomass Production for Ethanol from High Diversity CRP Grasslands. Northern Plains Biomass Economy: What Makes Sense? Special Conference organized by : NDSU BioEPIC, NDSU/MBI Biomaterials Initiative, NDSU Office of the Vice President Agriculture and University Extension, and Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies. Ramada Plaza & Suites, Fargo, ND. 29 September 2008.
Grygiel, C.E. 2007. Precision Prairie Reconstruction (PPR): An Alternative Technique for Restoring Prairie Landscapes. The Practice of Restoring Native Ecosystems, 7 th National Conference; The National Arbor Day Foundation. Nebraska City, Nebraska. Oct. 8-9.
Membership - Honorary Fraternities:
Alpha Zeta (Agricultural Academic Honorary Fraternity)
Phi Sigma (Biological Academic Honorary Fraternity)
Sigma Delta Chi (Journalism Academic Honorary Fraternity)
Gamma Sigma Delta – The Honor Society of Agriculture
NDSU Foundation - Grants & Awards Committee (University Representative - 2009)
University Assessment Committee – School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies Representative (2008 – Present)
Chairman - Natural Resources Management Coordinating Committee (1998-Present)
Awards and Recognitions:
Gamma Sigma Delta – The Honor Society of Agriculture;
Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award; Awarded, 16 April 2009.
William J. and Angelyn A. Austin; Excellence in Advising Award;
North Dakota State University Awarded - Fall Semester 2008
Influential Faculty Member – Meritorious Recognition:
North Dakota State University – Alumni Association; Spring Semester 2006.