Krista Ellingson has been living and working in large native prairie landscapes in southwest Saskatchewan for 15 years. She is a professional agrologist and completed a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Regina and a masters in conservation biology from the University of Alberta. When the national and provincial community pasture systems ended, she began looking for opportunities to encourage good range management and biodiversity conservation on these nationally important grasslands. The Nature Conservancy of Canada also saw an opportunity to advance conservation, and a match was made! Krista worked as a contractor for several years before joining the team as an employee. She is interested in the intersection between conservation and agriculture, and the ecological, social and economic implications of people’s relationship to land.
Krista lives at a community pasture with her husband and two children. When she’s not exploring vast tracts of grasslands, she enjoys checking cows, dabbling in yard-scale agriculture, traveling to rodeos with her family and making things with her hands.