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Department of Botany

College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources

William A. Reiners

Professor Emeritus

Specialization: Ecosystem Ecology

  • Office: Aven Nelson, 130
  • Phone: 307-766-2235
  • E-mail:
  • Dr. Reiners is no longer taking on Graduate Students
Bill Reiners


B.A. Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 1959
M.S. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1962
Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1964
   Advisor Prof. Murray F. Buell 


Field Ecology (LIFE 3410)
Writing in Biological Sciences (BOT 4100)
Special Topics in Ecology (BOT 5790

Research Emphasis

Ecosystem dynamics in space and time
Philosophical issues in ecology

Current Research Projects

Successional development of a clear-cut watershed (Hubbard Brook, NH) over the last 31 years.
Ecology of the Laramie Basin
Survey of personal and professional positions of ecologists on values and objectivity

Selected Publications

Ogle, S. M., D.S. Ojima and W. A. Reiners. 2004. Modeling the impact of exotic annual brome grasses on soil organic carbon storage in a northern mixed grass prairie. Biological Invasions 6: 365-377.

Driese, K.L., W.A. Reiners, G.M. Lovett and S.M. Simkin. 2004. A vegetation map for the Catskill Park, NY, derived from multitemporal Landsat imagery and GIS data. Northeast Naturalist 11(4):4421-4442. 

Reiners, W.A. and K.L. Driese. 2004. Transport processes in nature. Propagation of ecological influences through environmental space.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 302 p.

Reiners, W.A. 2005. Reciprocal cause and effect between environmental heterogeneity and transport processes.  pp. 67-89, In Lovett, G. M., C.G. Jones, M.G. Turner and K.C. Weathers. Ecosystem function in heterogeneous landscapes. Springer-Verlag, NY.

Hiemstra, C.A., G.E. Liston and W.A. Reiners. 2006. Observing, modeling and validating model snow redistribution by wind in a Wyoming upper treeline landscape. Ecological Modelling 197:35-51.

Laursen, S. C., W. A. Reiners, R. D. Kelly, and K. G. Gerow.  2007.  Pollen dispersal by Artemisia tridentata (Asteraceae).  International Journal of Biometeorology 51(6): 465-481.

Prager, S.D. and W.A. Reiners. 2008. Topology. Historical and emerging practices in ecological topology. Ecological Complexity 6:160-171.

Reiners, W.A. and J.A. Lockwood. 2009. Philosophical foundations for the practices of ecology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Contact Us

Department of Botany, 3165

Aven Nelson Room 114

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 1-307-766-2384

Fax: 1-307-766-2851


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