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Kathleen Lohse

Kathleen Lohse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Physical Sciences 202C

(208) 282-3285

Lohse Biogeochemistry Laboratory (LBL)

We study biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, nutrient cycling, ecosystem ecology, water quality, and soil science.


2002, Ph.D. Soil Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1993, B.A. Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1993, B.S. Urban and Regional Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Lohse has been an Associate Professor at Idaho State University since 2013. She obtained her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2002 working with Pamela Matson at Stanford University and Ronald Amundson at UC Berkeley. Her training was in soil science with an emphasis in ecosystem ecology/soil biogeochemistry. Prior to her employment at ISU in 2010, Dr. Lohse worked at University of Arizona for three and half years as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Lohse's group works at the interface of ecology, earth system/soil science and hydrology studying the processes shaping ecosystems and their responses to anthropogenic changes.

The Lohse Biogeochemistry Laboratory (LBL) is led by Dr. Kathleen Lohse in the Department of Biological Science with joint appointment in the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University and includes researchers who conduct interdisciplinary research to understand the hydrologic and biogeochemical processes shaping watersheds and their responses to anthropogenic changes. Increasingly, we are incorporating social processes into our conceptual and quantitative models to understand and predict these responses.


BIOL 499/599, Ecosystems and Global Change
BIOL 499/599, Soils and Critical Zone Processes
BIOL691, Biogeochemistry

Selected Publications

Lohse, K. A., D. Nullet, and P.M. Vitousek. 1995. The Effects of an Extreme Drought on the Vegetation of a Single Lava Flow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Pacific Science. 49:212-220.

Matson, P.A., K.A. Lohse, and S.J. Hall. 2002. The globalization of nitrogen: consequences for terrestrial ecosystems. Ambio. 3:113-119.

Lohse, K. A. and P.A. Matson. 2005. Consequences of nitrogen additions for soil processes and soil solution losses from wet tropical forests. Ecological Applications. 15: 1629-1648.

Lohse, K. A. and W. E. Dietrich. 2005. Contrasting effects of soil development on hydrological properties and flow paths. Water Resources Research. 41: W12419 doi:10.1029/2004WR003403.

Lohse, K. A., D. A. Newburn, J.J. Opperman, and A. M. Merenlender. 2008. Forecasting the relative impacts of land use on fine sediment in anadromous fish habitat to guide development and conservation programs. Ecological Applications. 18(2): 467-482


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