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Matthew J. Germino

Germino, Matthew J.

Supervisory Research Ecologist

Office: 208-426-3353
970 Lusk Street
Boise, ID 83706


Ph.D. Botany, 2000, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
M.S. Botany, 1996, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
B.S. Environmental Science, 1994, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


Plant-soil-climate relationships; biophysical and physiological ecology from leaf to landscape.

Research Interests

Science in support of the DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives; ecology of upland, terrestrial landscapes in the western U.S. with emphasis on understanding resistance and resilience of semiarid plant communities; causes and consequences of vegetation change; invasive plants with emphasis on cheatgrass and exotic forbs in sagebrush steppe; fire effects with emphasis on post-fire wind erosion.

Research Team

Biophysical Ecology of the Intermountain West - Team Page


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Kueppers, L., Conlisk, E., Castanha, C., Moyes, A., Germino, M., Smith, J., Veblen, T., 2015, Projecting changes in subalpine tree populations with warming across an elevation gradient -- 2015 ESA[abs.]: {LargerWorkTitle}, p. Abstract. [Details]

Beever, E.A., Mattsson, B.J., Germino, M.J., Post van der Burg, M., Bradford, J.B., Brunson, M., 2014, Successes and challenges from formation to implementation of eleven broad-extent conservation programs. DOI- 10.1111/cobi.12233: Conservation Biology, p. online. [Details]

Chambers, J.C., Bradley, B., Brown, C., D'Antonio, C., Germino, M.J., Grace, J., Hardegree, S., Miller, R.F., Pyke, D.A., 2014, Resilience to stress and disturbance, and resistance to Bromus tectorum L. invasion in cold desert shurblands of western North America. DOI- 10.1007/s10021-013-9725-5: Ecosystems, v. 17, no. 2, p. 360-375. [Details]

Germino, M., 2014, Sagebrush ecosystems in a changing climate - Annual progress report to NW CSC: NW CSC, p. 10. [Details]

Germino, M.J., Reinhardt, K., 2014, Desert shrub responses to experimental modification of precipitation seasonality and soil depth- relationship to the two-layer hypothesis and ecohydrological niche. DOI- 10.1111/1365-2745.12266: Journal of Ecology, v. 102, no. 4, p. 989-997. [Details]

Germino, M., 2014, Sagebrush responses to climate: NW CSC, p. 52. [Details]

Richardson, B., Kitchen, S., Pendleton, R., Pendleton, B., Germino, M., Rehfeldt, G., Meyer, S., 2014, Adaptive responses reveal contemporary and future ecotypes in a desert shrub. DOI- 10.1890/13-0587.1: Ecological Applications, v. 24, no. 2, p. 413-427. [Details]

Adams, H.D., Germino, M.J., Breshears, D.D., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Guardiola-Claramonte, M., Zou, C.B., Huxman, T.E., 2013, Nonstructural leaf carbohydrates dynamics of Pinus edulis during drought-induced tree mortality reveal role for carbon metabolism in mortality mechanism. DOI- 10.1111/nph.12102: New Phytologist, v. 197, no. 4, p. 1142-1151. [Details]

Germino, M.J., Wraith, J.M., 2013, Plant water relations influence carbon gain in a grass occurring along sharp gradients of soil temperture. DOI-10.1046/j.1469-8137.2003.00663.x: New Phytologist, v. 157, no. 2, p. 241-250. [Details]

Sorensen, P.O., Germino, M.J., Feris, K., 2013, Microbial community responses to 17 years of altered precipitation are seasonally dependent and coupled to co-varying effects of water content on vegetation and soil C: Soil Biology and Biochemistry, v. 64, p. 155-163. [Details]


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