Amy Dykstra

Job Titles

  • Professor of Biological Sciences, Department Chair
    Biological Sciences , College of Arts and Sciences


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 - B.A. in Biology, 1985
  • University of Wyoming - B.S. in Secondary Education, 1987
  • University of Wyoming - M.S. in Botany, 1995
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D. in Plant Biological Sciences, 2013

Courses Taught

  • Human Biology
  • 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
  • Ecology in the Tropics
  • Introduction to Research
  • 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.