Catherine Kleier, Ph.D.

Wherever we look, I think we can be surprised at what's out there in the plant kingdom.


University of California, Los Angeles


Regis University

About Catherine Kleier

Dr. Catherine Kleier is a Professor of Biology and former chair of the Department of Biology at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Professor Kleier holds a Ph.D. in Organismic Biology, Ecology, and Evolution from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds an M.S. in General Science with an emphasis in botany and plant pathology from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Ecology, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Kleier was named Colorado Professor of the Year in 2015 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2014, she was elected Faculty Lecturer of the Year at Regis University. In previous years, she was selected as a scholar for the Aspen Institute's Aspen Environment Forum and was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Professor Kleier teaches courses in plant physiology, ecology, and environmental science. Her current research includes long-term restoration ecology on trails in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, plant impacts from skiing, and urban ecology. Her laboratory work has focused on the effect of magnesium chloride on the growth and reproduction of plants.

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