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Kathrine Behrman
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Kathrine (Kate) Behrman

Research Agronomist


Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory

808 E Blackland Rd.

Temple , TX 76502


Voice: (281) 658-1075

Fax: (254) 770 6561






University of Texas at Austin, Doctorate, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 2011

University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, 2005

University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, Biology, 2005


Research Interests  

Landscape ecology of biofuel production- modeling plant productivity; modeling the interaction between the environment and genetic variation; modeling plant responses to changes in temperature, precipitation, and rising greenhouse gas concentrations; predicting the potential environmental and biological impacts of land conversion for biofuel production.


Current Research Projects

Spatial modeling of switchgrass productivity under current and future climate conditions.

Spatial variation in oilseed production in the wheat belt and associated environmental impacts.

Potential trade-offs between biofuel production, traditional agriculture, and conservation of biodiversity.


Recent Publications

Behrman, K.D., T.H. Keitt, and J.R. Kiniry. (In Review) Modeling a mechanistic theory of differential growth in switchgrass cultivars across the central and southern Great Plains.

Behrman, K.D., J.R. Kiniry, T.E. Juenger, and T.H. Keitt. (In Review) Spatial trade-offs between land use for biofuel, traditional agriculture, and the maintenance of biodiversity.

Meki, M.N., J.R. Kiniry, K.D. Behrman, M.N. Pawlowski and S.E. Crow. (In Press) The role of simulation models in monitoring soil organic carbon storage and greenhouse gas mitigation potential in bioenergy cropping systems. Carbon Storage, Book Chapter. 

Behrman, K.D., M.N. Meki, Y. Wu, and J.R. Kiniry. (In Press) Applications of biomass production modeling for switchgrass. Switchgrass, Book Chapter - 10.

Lowry D. B., K. D. Behrman, P. Grabowski, G. P. Morris, J. R. Kiniry, T. E. Juenger. (In review) Local and climatic adaptations across the Panicum virgatum species complex. American Naturalist.

Behrman, K.D., J.R. Kiniry, M. Winchell, T.E. Juenger, and T.H. Keitt. (2013) Spatial forecasting of switchgrass productivity under current and future climate change scenarios.  Ecological Applications. 23: 73-85.

Kiniry, J.R., L.C. Anderson, M-V.V. Johnson, K.D. Behrman, M. Brakie, D. Burner, R.L. Cordsiemon, P.A. Fay, F.B. Fritschi, J.H. Houx III, C. Hawkers, T. Juenger, J. Kaiser, T. Keitt, J. Lloyd-Riley, S. Maher, R. Raper, A. Scott, A. Shadow, C. West, Y. Wu, and L. Zibilske. (2012) Perennial biomass grasses and the mason-dixon line: Comparative productivity across latitudes in the Southern Great Plains. BioEnergy Research. 6: 276-291.

Behrman, K.D. and M. Kirkpatrick. (2011) Species range expansion by beneficial mutations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24: 665-675.

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