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Ecohydrology Research Group University of South Florida - School of Geosciences

Kai Coshow Rains
Research Associate Professor

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.

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Publications

  • Creed, I.F., C.L. Lane, L. Alexander, N.B. Basu, A. Calhoun, M.J. Cohen, C. Craft, E. D'Amico, E. DeKeyser, L. Fowler, H.E. Golden, J.W. Jawitz, P. Kalla, L.K. Kirkman, M. Lang, S.G. Leibowitz, D.B. Lewis, J. Marton, D.L. McLaughlin, H. Raanan-Kiperwas, M.C. Rains, K.C. Rains, L. Smith, J.N. Serran (2017) Enhancing protections for vulnerable waters. Nature Geoscience doi:10.1038/ngeo3041
  • Rains, M.C., M.J. Cohen, H.E. Golden, K.C. Rains (2017) Connecting the dots: Hydrologic connectivity between wetlands and other wetlands and waterbodies. Water Resources IMPACT 19(2) 9-10.
  • Callahan, M.K., D.K. Whigham, M.C. Rains,K.C. Rains, R.S. King C.M. Walker, J.R. Maurer, S.J. Baird (2017) Nitrogen subsidies from hillslope alder stands to streamside wetlands and headwater streams, Kenai Peninsula, AlaskaJournal of the American Water Resources Association. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12508
  • Callahan MK, DF Whigham, MC Rains, KC Rains, RS King, CM Walker, J Maurer, SJ Baird (2017) Nitrogen subsidies from hillslope alder stands to streamside wetlands and headwater streams, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Journal of the American Water Resources Association
  • Rains, M.C., S. Landry, K.C. Rains, V.Seidel, and T.L.Crisman (2013) Using net wetland loss, current wetland condition, and planned future watershed condition for wetland conservation planning and prioritization, Tampa Bay Watershed, Florida. Wetlands 33:949-963.
  • Rains, K.C. and C.S. Bledsoe (2007) Rapid uptake of 15N-ammonium and glycine-13C, 15N by arbuscular and ericoid mycorrhizal plants native to a Northern California coastal pygmy forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 39:1078-1086.
  • Rains, K.C., N.M. Nadkarni, and C.S. Bledsoe (2003) Epiphytic and terrestrial mycorrhizas in a lower montane Costa Rican cloud forest. Mycorrhiza 13:257-264.

Selected Technical Reports

  • Rains K.C., K. Bornhorst (2016) A detailed analysis of the Florida Saltwater Angler Registry. Water Institute, School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Prepared for: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission http://waterinstitute.usf.edu/publications
  • Rains KC, M.C Rains (2015) Mangrove and Mangrove-Fringe Wetlands in Ostional, Nicaragua: Current Conditions and Pathways Forward. University of South Florida, School of Geosciences, Tampa, FL
  • Three Parameters Plus (2014) Disposal and control of invasive plant species. Prepared for the Alaska Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities, Southeastern Region. Role: Lead Author www.dot.state.ak.us/stwddes/desenviron/assets/pdf/resources/se_invasive_final.pdf
  • Rains, K.C. (2013) Non-native plant species survey, Umiat airstrip and associated road system, North Slope, Alaska. Prepared for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Northern Region.
  • Three Parameters Plus (2012) Vegetation (Bristol Bay Drainages), (Field Methods, Summary Statistics, Descriptions of Habitat Types, Digital Mapping, and Landscape Distribution, Total Project Size: 250,000 acres, Southcentral Alaska) Chapter 13 and related appendices in "The environmental baseline document" Prepared for Pebble Partnership. http://pebbleresearch.com/ Role: Co-Author
  • Rains, K.C. and T. Van Diest (2012) Guide to common plants in northern Alaska: referencing Inupiaq and English names. Prepared for native communities in Northern Alaska and funded by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Northern Region.
  • Rains, K.C. (2009) Field guide to plants of the Donlin Gold Project. (Western Alaska, 229 target species and potential look-alike species) Prepared for Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Rains, K.C. (2009) Field guide to the plants of the Foothills West Transportation Access Project, North Slope. (Northern Alaska, 148 target species and potential look-alike species) Prepared for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Northern Region.
  • Rains, K.C. and L. Lewis (2008) Field Guide to Plants of the Pebble Project. (Southwestern Alaska, 270 target species and potential look-alike species) Prepared for Pebble Partnership, Anchorage, AK.
  • Rains, M.C. M.M. Brinson, M. Clark, K.A. Coshow, J. Hall, G. Hollands, W.J. Kleindl, D. LaPlant, L. C. Lee, W. L. Nutter, R. Post, J. Powell, T. Rockwell, and D. Whigham (1997) Draft guidebook for the application of hydrogeomorphic functional assessments in precipitation-driven wetlands in Interior Alaska. Prepared for the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Lee, L.C., J.A. Mason, K.L. Fetherston, K.A. Coshow, M. Brinson, G. Hollands, W. Nutter, and D. Whigham (1996) Draft regional guidebook to HGM functional assessments in riverine waters/wetlands and slope wetlands in Southeast Alaska. Prepared for the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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