Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Organismic Biology, Ecology and Evolution, University of California-Los Angeles, 2001
    Dissertation Title: Functional ecology, ecophysiology, and convergent evolution of dwarf shrub and cushion plant growth forms. Philip Rundel, advisor.
  • M.S. General Science/Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, 1996
  • B.A. Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado

Research & Scholarship


Rundel, P.W. and C. Kleier. 2014.  Parque Nacional Nevado de Tres Cruces, Chile:  A significant coldspot of biodiversity in a high Andean ecosystem.  Mountain Views Newsletter:  The Newsletter of the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains  8(2):  2-6.

Kleier, C.  2014.  The other down under:  exploring alpine cushion plants in New Zealand.  Aquilegia 38(2):  14-15.

Worden, K. and C. Kleier. 2012.  Impact of Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) thinning on Abert’s Squirrel (Sciurus aberti) populations. Southwestern Naturalist 57(4): 380-384.

Christner, L.* and C. Kleier.  2011. Quantitative reasoning in introductory environmental science textbooks. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 1(4): 296-300.

Brandenburg, W.* and C. Kleier.  2011.  Effect of MgCl2 on germination, growth, and biomass allocation of the radish cv. “Cherry Belle.“ American Journal of Environmental Sciences 7(2): 132-135.

Kleier, C. 2011.  Environmental Impact Assessment – A capstone course for environmental studies and science majors at Regis University. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 1(3): 228-232.

Kleier, C. and P.W. Rundel. 2009. Energy balance and temperature relations of Azorella compacta, a high elevation cushion plant of the central Andes. Plant Biology 11(3): 351-358.

Kleier, C., C. Carello, and A. Hoffa*.  2008.  Willow (Salix spp.) clipping in Breckenridge, CO, for cross-country ski trails. Aquilegia 32(3): 4-7.  

Lambrinos, J., Kleier, C., and P.W. Rundel.  2006.  Plant community variation across a Puna landscape in the Chilean Andes. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 79: 233-243.

Kleier, C. and J. Lambrinos.  2005.  The importance of nurse associations for three tropical alpine life forms. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 37(5): 331-336.

Kleier, C. and P.W. Rundel.  2004.  Microsite requirements, population structure and growth of the cushion plant, Azorella compacta, in the tropical Chilean Andes. Austral Ecology 29(4): 461-470.

Rundel, P.W., A. C. Gibson, G. S. Midgley, S. J. E. Wand, B. Palma, C. Kleier, and J. Lambrinos.  2003.Ecological and ecophysiological patterns in a pre-altiplano shrubland of the Andean Cordillera in northern Chile. Plant Ecology 169(2): 179-193.

Lambrinos, J. and C. Kleier. 2003.  Thermoregulation of juvenile Andean toads (Bufo spinulosus) at 4300 m. Journal of Thermal Biology 28: 15-19.

Kleier, C., L. Ainsworth*, and P.W. Rundel.  2001.  Sunlight foraging in two tropical Southeast Asian pioneer tree species:  Macaranga denticulata and Mallotus paniculatus.  Natural History Bulletin of the Royal Siam Society 49: 231-241.

Kleier, C., B. Farnsworth, W.E. Winner.  2001.  Photosynthesis, growth and biomass allocation of radish (Raphanus sativa L.) in response to root temperature and ozone. Environmental Pollution 111: 127-133.

Kleier, C., B. Farnsworth, W.E. Winner.  1998.  Biomass, reproductive output and physiological responses of rapid-cycling Brassica (Brassica rapa L.) to ozone and modified root temperature. New Phytologist 139: 657-664.

*Denotes an Undergraduate Student

Awards & Recognition

2014       Regis University Faculty Lecturer of the Year
2013       Fulbright Award for Teaching and Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand ($27,000)
2012       Regis College Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship
2011       National Geographic / Waitt Foundation Grant Recipient ($7,020)
2009       Boulder County Parks and Open Space Small Research Grant ($10,000)
2008       Boulder County Parks and Open Space Small Research Grant ($5,000)
2006       Colorado Native Plant Society, John Marr Research Grant ($1,000)