Lab People

Graduate Students:

picture1 Abbi Chadbourne, M.S. student

I was raised in SE Minnesota within a town that is directly next to the Mississippi River and a five-minute walk to Wisconsin. I earned my BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology at Winona State University in 2017. After graduation, I came to Pocatello to attend Idaho State University and work in Dr. Keith Reinhardt’s lab. My current research focuses on Balsam Woolly Adelgid (BWA) infestation within Subalpine fir trees across southern Idaho and northern Utah. Working with the USFS on this project, we are quantifying the degree of infestation across varying climatic environments and elevation levels in order to better understand abiotic and biotic controls on BWA infestation. Hometown: Winona, Minnesota


Spencer Roop, Ph.D. student

I received a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Gonzaga University before accepting a position at Idaho State University. My work is part of the NSF EPSCoR GEM3 project, focusing on the physiological differences in big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), and linking phenotypic variation to genotypic variation. My interests include hiking, gardening and baking. Hometown: Kent, Washington.

Undergraduate Students:

Tierin Osterfeld

Research Staff:

Andrew Bosworth, M.J. Murdock Foundation Partners in Science Fellow

Former lab members:

Dayne Lubenow, M.S. 2019

Dayne studied the variation in forest “greenness” (NDVI) with wintersnow snowpack metrics throughout the northern Intermountain West. He was interested in what environmental driver variables are related forest productivity in patchy forests in the topographically complex terrain that characterizes our region. He is now employed by a private environmental consulting firm doing remote sensing work in Montana.

Harmandeep Sharma, Ph.D. 2019

Harman studied carbon and water fluxes in three species and sub-species of sagebrush along an elevation gradient  at the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory ( This will allow us to quantify aboveground inputs of carbon to the soil at leaf to ecosystem scales. She is now a Research Associate at North Carolina A&T University.

Steven Augustine, M.S. 2018

Steven studied causes of seedling mortality in first-year lodegepole and ponderosa pine seedlings during drought.  He was interested in basic questions in conifer seedling biology such as what is the carbon balance of first-year seedlings. He is now in a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Theresa Condo, M.S. 2017

Theresa quantified intra-specific variation in hydraulic function traits along an elevation gradient in Douglas fir trees. She was interested in elucidating what abiotic factors cause lower treeline in montane forests in western U.S. She is now working as a Field Biologist for the BLM in Tucson, AZ.

Maria Pacioretty, M.S. 2016

Maria investigated the impacts of human-noise on ecosystem functioning in the Phantom Gas Field project, She is now working as a regional biologist for ID Department of Fish and Game.

Lindsay Curran, M.S. 2015

Lindsay is interested in community ecology, ecophysiology, and climate change biology. Her thesis research investigated physiological and structural adjustments in sagebrush, under both current and future climate scenarios. She is now working as a research pathologist for a nursery supply company in Massachusetts.

Kate McAbee, M.S. 2015

Kate investigated the effects of altered precipitation seasonality on net ecosystem carbon exchange in Intermountain sagebrush steppe.  She now is living in Boise, ID and is an Academic Advisor for StudySync (an educational software company).

Ike Brown, NSF EPSCoR funded research technician

Ike completed a BS in Biology at Idaho State University.  As a research technician in the Reinhardt lab, he enjoyed increasing his knowledge of plants and studying insect herbivory at the University of Idaho’s Taylor Wilderness Research Station in the Frank Church Wilderness.  He is now employed at Idaho BioScience in Hailey, ID.

Cristie Cole, NSF EPSCoR REU Summer 2013.  Cris was a hiker-extraordinaire during summer 2013, where she investigated how experimental snowpack manipulations affected the physiology of trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) at leaf to whole-tree scales.  She hiked into Gibson Jack RNA weekly with tons of equipment, and fought off moose, stinging nettle, and poison ivy for the sake of science.  Hometown:  Idaho Falls, ID.