Amy Dykstra

Job Titles


Dykstra's research interests include the ecology, conservation, and population genetics of native plants. She collaborates with the Echinacea Project to study narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia), a native prairie plant. Recently, Dykstra's students have been studying the use of goats to control invasive buckthorn.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs - B.A., 1985
  • University of Wyoming - B.S., 1987
  • University of Wyoming - M.S. in Ecophysiological aspects of the microclimate, 1995
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D. in Seedling Recruitment in Fragmented Populations, 2013

Courses Taught

  • General Biology
  • Introduction to Organismic Biology
  • Integrative Biology: Metabolism, Energy, Biodiversity
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Environment and Humanity
  • Environmental Plant Biology
  • Plant Taxonomy and Ecology
  • Biology Seminar


Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Chief Reader, Advanced Placement Biology

Research interests

Dr. Dykstra's research interests include the ecology and population genetics of native plants in fragmented prairie habitat.