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Keith Reinhardt

Keith Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Plant Physiological Ecology

Office: Life Sciences 412

(208) 282-2933


Office: Life Sciences 413

(208) 282-2933


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Office: Life Sciences 413

Reinhardt Lab of Plant Physiological Ecology

We study ecophysiology, ecohydrology, functional ecology, and climate change biology.


BIOL 4404/5504 Plant Physiology
BIOL 4489/5589 Field Ecology
BIOL 4405/5505 Plant Form and Function
BIOL 4489 Senior Seminar

Biographical Sketch

I am a broadly-trained plant physiological ecologist and global change biologist. My general research interests are planted ecophysiology, climate change ecology, and ecohydrology. Currently, my primary research projects focus on understanding plant responses to climate change, and mechanisms of changes in species' range limits (i.e., resistance/resilience). My work spans organizational scales from molecular to the canopy/landscape level. My other interests include variation in light spectral quality due to sky condition (clear, cloudy, cloud-immersed), water transport (hydraulic function) in plants, and cloud-forest ecohydrology.


2009, Ph.D. Plant Physiological Ecology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
2001, M.S. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
1994, B.S. Chemistry, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

2009-2011, Postdoctoral fellow, Sagebrush ecohydrology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Selected Publications

Reinhardt K, Castanha, C, Germino MJ, and Kueppers LM. 2011. Ecophysiological variation in two provenances of Pinus flexilis seedlings across an elevation gradient from forest to alpine Tree Physiol. 31:615-625.

Johnson DM, McCulloh K, and Reinhardt K. 2011. Physiological and structural changes during the earliest phases of tree growth. Invited chapter for Dawson TE, Meinzer FC and B Lachenbruch [eds.] Size- and Age-Related Changes in Tree Structure and Function, Springer.

Bansal S*, Reinhardt K*, and Germino MJ*. 2010. Linking carbon balance to establishment patterns: comparison of whitebark pine and Engelmann spruce seedlings along an herb cover exposure gradient at treeline. Plant Ecol. 212:219-228.

Reinhardt K, Smith WK, and Carter GA. 2010. Clouds and cloud immersion alter photosynthetic light quality in a temperate mountain cloud forest. Botany 88:462-470.

Hughes NM, Reinhardt K, Feild T, and Smith WK. 2010. Drought stress and winter anthocyanin production are not associated in angiosperm evergreen species. J. Exp. Bot. 61:699-1709.

(* denotes all authors contributed equally)