• Catherine Kleier
  • Catherine Kleier

    Department Chair <br/>Associate Professor

    Ecology, Plant Physiology, Plant Ecology, Plant Anatomy and Morphology, Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, Tropical Biology, Colorado Flora and Fauna, Field Ecology

    Biology, Environmental Studies, Regis College

    303.964.5427
    ckleier@regis.edu

Professional Bio

Education

  • 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

Publications

Carello, C., A. Woehler, N. Grevstad, and C. Kleier.  2017.  Impacts of recreation management practices in a subalpine wetland system dominated by the willow plant, Salix planifolia.  Wetlands Ecology and Management.  In Press.

Kleier, C., and T. Trenary.  2017.  An exploratory study of facilitation in three species of Raoulia.  New Zealand Journal of Botany 55(2): 215-224.

Buxton, M, C. Kleier, and J. Lord.  2016. Variation in reproductive investment and floret gender ratios in two gynodioecious mat daisies (Raoulia, Asteraceae).  New Zealand Journal of Botany 54(1): 74-86.

Kleier, C, T. Trenary, E.A. Graham, W. Stenzel, and P.W. Rundel.  2015. Size class structure, growth rates, and orientation of the central Andean cushion Azorella compacta. PeerJ 3:e843; DOI 10.7717/peerj.843.

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


20. Carello, C., A. Woehler, N. Grevstad, and C. Kleier.  2017.  Impacts of recreation management practices in a subalpine wetland system dominated by the willow plant, Salix planifolia.  Wetlands Ecology and Management.  In Press.
19. Kleier, C., and T. Trenary.  2017.  An exploratory study of facilitation in three species of Raoulia.  New Zealand Journal of Botany 55(2): 215-224.
18. Buxton, M, C. Kleier, and J. Lord.  2016. Variation in reproductive investment and floret gender ratios in two gynodioecious mat daisies (Raoulia, Asteraceae).  New Zealand Journal of Botany 54(1): 74-86.
17. Kleier, C, T. Trenary, E.A. Graham, W. Stenzel, and P.W. Rundel.  2015. Size class structure, growth rates, and orientation of the central Andean cushion Azorella compactaPeerJ 3:e843; DOI 10.7717/peerj.843.
20. Carello, C., A. Woehler, N. Grevstad, and C. Kleier.  2017.  Impacts of recreation management practices in a subalpine wetland system dominated by the willow plant, Salix planifolia.  Wetlands Ecology and Management.  In Press.
19. Kleier, C., and T. Trenary.  2017.  An exploratory study of facilitation in three species of Raoulia.  New Zealand Journal of Botany 55(2): 215-224.
18. Buxton, M, C. Kleier, and J. Lord.  2016. Variation in reproductive investment and floret gender ratios in two gynodioecious mat daisies (Raoulia, Asteraceae).  New Zealand Journal of Botany 54(1): 74-86.
17. Kleier, C, T. Trenary, E.A. Graham, W. Stenzel, and P.W. Rundel.  2015. Size class structure, growth rates, and orientation of the central Andean cushion Azorella compactaPeerJ 3:e843; DOI 10.7717/peerj.843.
20. Carello, C., A. Woehler, N. Grevstad, and C. Kleier.  2017.  Impacts of recreation management practices in a subalpine wetland system dominated by the willow plant, Salix planifolia.  Wetlands Ecology and Management.  In Press.
19. Kleier, C., and T. Trenary.  2017.  An exploratory study of facilitation in three species of Raoulia.  New Zealand Journal of Botany 55(2): 215-224.
18. Buxton, M, C. Kleier, and J. Lord.  2016. Variation in reproductive investment and floret gender ratios in two gynodioecious mat daisies (Raoulia, Asteraceae).  New Zealand Journal of Botany 54(1): 74-86.
17. Kleier, C, T. Trenary, E.A. Graham, W. Stenzel, and P.W. Rundel.  2015. Size class structure, growth rates, and orientation of the central Andean cushion Azorella compactaPeerJ 3:e843; DOI 10.7717/peerj.843.

Awards & Recognition


2017        Completed Plant Science:  An Introduction to Botany for The Great Courses

2015        Colorado Professor of the Year - Carnegie Foundation

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)