Being Shrouded in Mist Doesn’t Mean a Tree is Short of Light

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Biology graduate alumnus Keith Reinhardt (Ph.D., 2009), now Assistant Professor in Physiological Plant Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University, is currently receiving media attention for his work on light levels in Appalachian cloud forests. Reinhardt and his collaborators conduct their studies by placing light sensors on fir trees in forests in Virginia and North Carolina.They discovered that light scattered by cloud edges combines with direct sunlight falling on the trees, resulting in an overall increase in light exposure and an increase in photosynthesis. These results were reported at the fall 2014 meeting of the American Geophysical Union In San Francisco. While in the Department of Biology, Keith worked with Professor William K. Smith. Read more about Keith’s current work at his projects website.