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.


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