Harting, Sandra

Sandra Harting, PhDPhoto of Sandra Harting

A.K.A Miskwa Yellowknife
Associate Professor, Sciences
Discipline Coordinator 

970-486-4269 | sharting@coloradomtn.edu


BS Biology and Chemistry
PhD Ecotoxicology

Professional Associations

President, American Chemical Society, Duluth-Superior Chapter (1988)
American Fisheries Society, MSU Chapter (2005-2006)


Sandra Harding is more commonly known on campus and in the Leadville community as Miskwa Yellowknife. She believes that the role of a university professor is to intellectually challenge students, exhorting them to become good critical thinkers and observers, and for students to be able to formulate explanations of what they observed. She believes in in the value of field components and hands-on experience in and out of the classroom. In her free time, Miskwa is a passionate organic gardener and enjoys many “silent sports” such as ultra-distance running, pack burro racing, bouldering, cycling, nordic skiing, hiking/backpacking, sea kayaking. Miskwa has been published in various scientific publications and scholarly articles, mentioned below. 


  • Kerfoot, W.C., Harting, S.L., and J.A. Robbins. 2003. Mercury in Native Ore Deposits: Focussing Troughs Reveal an Unexpected Source of Lake Superior Sediments. Submitted to Limnology and Oceanography.
  • Kerfoot, W.C., Harting, S.L., and J.A. Robbins. 2003. Amalgam Mercury in Copper, Silver, and Gold Ores: An Unexpected Contribution to Lake Superior Sediments. Geochemistry Journal on Mining and Metals in the Environment. May, 2003.
  • Kerfoot, W.C., Harting, S.L., Rossmann, R. and J.A. Robbins. 1999. Anthropogenic Copper Inventories and Mercury Profiles from Lake Superior: Evidence for Mining Impacts. J. Great Lakes Res., 25(4) 663-682.
  • Call, D.J., Poirier, S.L., Knuth, M.L., Harting, S.L., and C.A. Lindberg. 1987. Toxicity of 3,4-Dichloroaniline to Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas), in early life-stage exposures. Bull. of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 38(2): 352-358.