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Kai Coshow Rains

Kai Coshow Rains

Kai Coshow Rains
Research Associate Professor


Office: CHE 304D
Phone: 813-974-1906



University of California at Davis
Ph.D. in Ecology (Soil Nutrients & Mycorrhizal Ecology)

University of Washington at Seattle
MS in Botany

Oregon State University at Corvallis
BS in Biochemistry/Biophysics


  • Soil Genesis & Classification GEO 4265
  • Wetland Environments EVR 4027
  • Mangrove Ecosystem Field Research Techniques GLY 4930/6739
  • Plant Taxonomy of Florida EVR 4930/6930
  • Environmental Science & Policy Senior Seminar EVR 4921
  • Internship and Project Experience EVR 4640/4910


The central theme of my research is ecosystem response to environmental stress such as inundation, disturbance, and soil nutrient limitations. I study response at the organismal level, including root growth and mycorrhizal associations and at the landscape level such as application of geospatial tools to natural resource assessment with a focus on waters and wetlands.

Website Links:

Ecohydrology Research Group

USF Water Institute

Specialty Area

Wetland Science and Functional Assessment, Plant Ecology, Biogeochemistry and Soil Science, Mycorrhizal Ecology, Root Growth and Nutrient Acquisition, Geospatial Analysis