Research Specialist
Department of Entomology 
(701) 276-2912 



  • PhD, 2018, North Dakota State University
  • MS, 2015, North Dakota State University
  • BS, 2012, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Research Interests:

  • Grassland Ecology
  • Pollinator Ecology
  • Global Change Ecology



  • Kral-O’Brien, K.C., T.J. Hovick, R.F. Limb, J.P. Harmon, and E.H. Gillam. 2020. Incorporating field behaviors into monarch surveys to promote informed conservation actions. Journal for Nature Conservation 53:125761.
  • Kral-O’Brien, K.C., K.K. Sedivec, B.A. Geaumont, A.L. Gearhart. 2020. Native mixed-grass rangelands and crested wheatgrass pasture lands resilient to spring wildfire. Rangeland Ecology and Management 73:119-127.
  • Kral-O’Brien, K.C., P.L. O’Brien, and J.P. Harmon. 2019. Need for false spring research in the Northern Great Plains, USA. Agriculture and EnvironmentalLetters 4:190025. doi:10.2134/ael2019.07.0025 *Highlighted in CSA News:
  • Follman, T.J., A. Valls, K.C. Kral-O’Brien, and J.P. Harmon. 2019. Mechanical stimulation from plant contact and wind negatively impact pea aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) indirectly through host plants. The Canadian Entomologist 151:768-776.
  • Kral-O’Brien, K.C., R.F. Limb, T.J. Hovick, and J.P. Harmon. 2019. Compositional shifts in forb and butterfly communities associated with Kentucky bluegrass invasions. Rangeland Ecology and Management 72:301-309.
  • Bendel, C.R., K.C. Kral-O’Brien, T.J. Hovick, R.F. Limb, and J.P. Harmon. 2019. Plant-pollinator networks in grassland working landscapes reveal seasonal shifts in network structure and composition. Ecosphere 10: 1-12 
  • Kral, K.C., T.J. Hovick, R.F. Limb, and J.P. Harmon. 2018. Multi-scale considerations for grassland butterfly conservation in agroecosystems. Biological Conservation 226:
  • Kral, K., R. Limb, A. Ganguli, T. Hovick, and K. Sedivec. 2018. Seasonal prescribed fire variation decreases inhibitory ability of an invasive grass and promotes native diversity. Journal of Environmental Management 223: 908-916.
  •  Kral, K.C., J.P. Harmon, R.F. Limb, and T.J. Hovick. 2018. Improving our science: evolution of butterfly sampling and surveying methods over time. Journal of Insect Conservation 22: 1-14.10.1007/s10841-018-0046-z
  •  Kral, K.C., R.F. Limb, J.P. Harmon, and T.J. Hovick. 2017. Arthropods and fire: previous research shaping future conservation. Rangeland Ecology and Management 70: 589-598.
  •  Kral, K.C., R.F. Limb, T.J. Hovick, D.A. McGranahan, A.L. Field, and P.L. O’Brien. 2015. Simulating grassland prescribed fires using experimental approaches. Fire Ecology 11(3): 34-44. 10.4996/fireecology.1103034


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