Meinzer, Frederick

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Professor (Courtesy)
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

344 FSL

Phone Number: 
(541) 758-7798
Fax Number: 
(541) 758-7760
B.S., 1972, University of California, Irvine
M.S., 1975, University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D., 1981, University of Washington, Seattle
Research Areas: 
  • Genetics and Physiology
  • Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum
Research Interests: 
  • Ecophysiology
  • Forest Ecology
Environmental plant physiology, physiological plant ecology, stress physiology, plant-water relations, photosynthetic gas exchange, stomatal physiology, stable isotopes in ecological research, micrometeorology.


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
Selected Publications: 
  1. JOURNALSMarias, D.E., Meinzer, F.C., Woodruff, D.R., Shaw, D.C., Voelker, S.L., Brooks, J.R., Lachenbruch, B., Falk, K., McKay, J. 2014. Impacts of dwarf mistletoe on the physiology of host Tsuga heterophylla trees as recorded in tree-ring C and O stable isotopes. Tree Physiology 34: 595-607.

  2. Voelker, S.L., Meinzer, F.C., Lachenbruch, B. Brooks, J.R., Guyette, R.P. 2014. Drivers of radial growth and carbon isotope discrimination of bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa Michx.) across continental gradients in precipitation, vapor pressure deficit and irradiance. Plant, Cell and Environment 37: 766-779.

  3. McCulloh, K.A., Johnson, D.M., Meinzer, F.C., Woodruff, D.R. 2014. The dynamic pipeline: Hydraulic capacitance and xylem hydraulic safety in four tall conifer species. Plant, Cell and Environment 37: 1171-1183.

  4. Saffell, B.J., Meinzer, F.C., Woodruff, D.R., Shaw, D.C., Voelker, S.L., Lachenbruch, B., Falk, K. 2014. Seasonal carbohydrate dynamics and growth in Douglas-fir trees experiencing chronic, fungal-mediated reduction in functional leaf area. Tree Physiology 34: 218-228.

  5. Saffell, B.J., Meinzer, F.C., Voelker, S.L., Shaw, D.C., Brooks, J.R., Lachenbruch, B, McKay, J. 2014. Tree-ring stable isotopes record the impact of a foliar fungal pathogen on CO2 assimilation and growth in Douglas-fir. Plant, Cell and Environment doi: 10.1111/pce.12256

  6. Meinzer, F.C., Woodruff, D.R., Marias, D.E., McCulloh, K.A., Sevanto, S. 2014. Dynamics of leaf water relations components in co-occurring iso- and anisohydric conifer species. Plant, Cell and Environment doi: 10.1111/pce.12327

  7. Bucci, S.J., Scholz, F.G., Peschiutta, M.L., Arias, N.S., Meinzer, F.C., Goldstein, G. 2013. The stem xylem of Patagonian shrubs operates far from the point of catastrophic dysfunction and is additionally protected from drought-induced embolism by leaves and roots. Plant Cell and Environment 36: 2163-2174.

  8. Woodruff, D.R. and F.C. Meinzer. 2011. Water stress, shoot growth and storage of nonstructural carbohydrates along a tree height gradient in a tall conifer. Plant Cell and Environment 34: 1920-1930.

  9. McCulloh, K.A., Meinzer, F.C., et al. 2011. Comparative hydraulic architecture of tropical tree species representing a range of successional stages and wood density. Oecologia 167: 27-37.

  10. Barnard, D.M., F.C. Meinzer, B. Lachenbruch, K.A. McCulloh, D.M. Johnson and D.R. Woodruff. 2011. Climate-related trends in sapwood biophysical properties in two conifers: avoidance of hydraulic dysfunction through coordinated adjustments in xylem efficiency, safety and capacitance. Plant Cell and Environment 34: 643-654.

  11. Meinzer, F.C., K.A. McCulloh, B. Lachenbruch, D.R. Woodruff and D.M. Johnson. 2010. The blind men and the elephant: the impact of context and scale in evaluating conflicts between plant hydraulic safety and efficiency. Oecologia 164: 287-296.

  12. Meinzer, F.C., D.M. Johnson, B. Lachenbruch, K.A. McCulloh and D.R. Woodruff. 2009. Xylem hydraulic safety margins in woody plants: coordination of stomatal control of xylem tension with hydraulic capacitance. Functional Ecology 23: 922-930.

  13. Johnson, D.M., F.C. Meinzer, D.R. Woodruff and K.A. McCulloh. 2009. Leaf xylem embolism, detected acoustically and by cryo-SEM, corresponds to decreases in leaf hydraulic conductance in four evergreen species. Plant, Cell and Environment 32: 828-836.

  14. Zhang, Y., F.C. Meinzer, G. Hao, F.G. Scholz, S.J. Bucci, F.S.C. Takahashi, R. Villalobos-Vega, J.P. Giraldo, K.F. Cao, W.A. Hoffmann and G. Goldstein. 2009. Size-dependent mortality in a Neotropical savanna tree: the role of height-related adjustments in hydraulic architecture and carbon allocation. Plant Cell and Environment 32: 1456-1466.

  15. Domec, J.-C., B. Lachenbruch, F.C. Meinzer, D.R. Woodruff, J.M. Warren and K.A. McCulloh. 2008. Maximum height in a conifer is associated with conflicting requirements for xylem design. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105: 12069-12074.

  16. Meinzer, F.C., D.R. Woodruff, J.-C. Domec, G. Goldstein, P.I. Campanello, M.G. Gatti and R. Villalobos-Vega. 2008. Coordination of leaf and stem water transport properties in tropical forest trees. Oecologia 156: 31-41.

  17. Warren, J.M., J.R. Brooks, F.C. Meinzer and J.L. Eberhart. 2008. Hydraulic redistribution of water from Pinus ponderosa trees to seedlings: evidence for an ectomycorrhizal pathway. New Phytologist 178: 382-394.

  18. Meinzer, F.C., J.R. Brooks, J.C. Domec, B.L. Gartner, J.M. Warren, D.R. Woodruff, K. Bible and D.C. Shaw. 2006. Dynamics of water transport and storage in conifers studied with deuterium and heat tracing techniques. Plant, Cell and Environment 29: 105-114.

  19. Domec, J.C., F.G. Scholz, S.J. Bucci, F.C. Meinzer, G. Goldstein and R. Villalobos-Vega. 2006. Diurnal and seasonal variation in root xylem embolism in neotropical savanna woody species: impact on stomatal control of plant water status. Plant, Cell and Environment 29: 26-35.BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERSSize- and Age-Related Changes in Tree Structure and Function. F.C. Meinzer, B. Lachenbruch, T.E. Dawson (eds). 2011. Springer, Dordrecht.

  20. Hinckley, T.M., Lachenbruch, B., Meinzer, F.C., Dawson, T.E. (2011) A lifespan perspective on integrating structure and function in trees. In: Meinzer, F.C., Lachenbruch, B, Dawson, T.E. (eds), Size- and Age-Related Changes in Tree Structure and Function. Springer

  21. Scholz, F.G., Phillips, N.G, Bucci, S.J., Meinzer, F.C., Goldstein, G. (2011) Hydraulic capacitance: biophysics and functional significance of internal water sources in relation to tree size. In: Meinzer, F.C., Lachenbruch, B, Dawson, T.E. (eds), Size- and Age-Related Changes in Tree Structure and Function. Springer

  22. Woodruff, D.R., Meinzer, F.C. (2011) Size-dependent changes in biophysical control of tree growth: the role of turgor. In: Meinzer, F.C., Lachenbruch, B, Dawson, T.E. (eds), Size- and Age-Related Changes in Tree Structure and Function. Springer.

  23. Bond, B.J., F.C. Meinzer and J.R. Brooks. 2008. How trees influence the hydrological cycle in forest ecosystems. In: Hydroecology and Ecohydrology: Past, Present and Future. P.J. Wood, D.M. Hannah and J.P. Sadler, Editors. John Wiley & Sons pp. 7-35.

  24. Gartner, B.L. and F.C. Meinzer. 2005. Structure-function relationships in sapwood water transport and storage. In: Vascular Transport in Plants. N.M. Holbrook and M. Zwieniecki, Editors. Elsevier Academic Press, pp. 307-331.