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Jeremiah R. Pinto

Research Plant Physiologist/Tribal Nursery Specialist

1221 South Main Street
Moscow, ID 83843
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Current Research

My current research includes examining and improving native plant nursery cultural practices, investigating subsequent consequences of cultural practices on seedling physiology, and studying the biophysical site limitations of outplanting.

Research Interests

My research interests include seedling and plant physiology, ecophysiology, and envrionmental biophysics.

Why This Research is Important

Landscapes across the globe are being threatened by population pressure and the accompanying development of urban and rural infrastructure; land management practices including energy, mining, and grazing; and invasive species. Within these disturbed areas, it is important to understand how to quickly repair and restore valuable ecosystem services and production. Restoration and reforestation using nursery-produced seedlings is often the most reliable way to ensure successful establishment and rapid growth following outplanting. Understanding the attributes that contribute to a quality seedling, and the mechanisms whereby a seedling becomes established with its new environment, will help us restore critical ecosystem functions, such as water quality, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and cultural utilization, in the quickest means possible.


  • University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, Ph.D., Natural Resources, 2009
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, M.S., Forest Resources, 2005
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, B.S., Biology, 1999
  • Awards

    Tribal Professional Excellence Award, 2010
    From the Office of Tribal Relations, Washington Office, USDA Forest Service, "in recognition of significant accomplishments in promoting Tribal relations into Forest Service programs, policy, or awareness."
    Earl Wilcox Memorial Individual Achievement Award, Northwest Region, 2007
    From the Intertribal Timber Council, "in recognition of outstanding service to Indian Forestry."
    Two Chiefs' Partnership Award, 2006
    From Chief Dale Bosworth of the Forest Service and Chief Arlen Lancaster of the Natural Resource Conservation Service for "restoring riparian forests on the Hopi reservation," a collaborative effort between the two USDA agencies.

    Featured Publications


    Topping, Melissa L.; Dumroese, Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R., 2019. Successfully storing milkweed taproots for habitat restoration
    Sung, Shi-Jean S.; Dumroese, Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Sayer, Mary Anne S., 2019. The persistence of container nursery treatments on the field performance and root system morphology of longleaf pine seedlings
    Pinto, Jeremiah R.; McNassar, Bridget A.; Kildisheva, Olga A.; Davis, Anthony S., 2018. Stocktype and vegetative competition influences on Pseudotsuga menziesii and Larix occidentalis seedling establishment
    Hubbel, Kyrstan L.; Ross-Davis, Amy; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Burney, Owen T.; Davis, Anthony S., 2018. Toward sustainable cultivation of Pinus occidentalis in Haiti: effects of alternative growing media and containers on seedling growth and foliar chemistry
    Montagnoli, Antonio; Dumroese, Kasten; Terzaghi, Mattia; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Fulgaro, Nicoletta; Scippa, Gabriella Stefania; Chiatante, Donato, 2018. Tree seedling response to LED spectra: Implications for forest restoration
    Jimenez, M. N.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Ripoll, M. A.; Sanchez-Miranda, A.; Navarro, F. B., 2017. Impact of straw and rock-fragment mulches on soil moisture and early growth of holm oaks in a semiarid area
    Dumroese, Kasten; Landis, Thomas D.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Haase, Diane L.; Wilkinson, Kim W.; Davis, Anthony S., 2016. Meeting forest restoration challenges: Using the Target Plant Concept
    Finch, Deborah M.; Pendleton, Rosemary L.; Reeves, Matt C.; Ott, Jeffrey E.; Kilkenny, Francis F.; Butler, Jack L.; Ott, Jacqueline P.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Ford, Paulette L.; Runyon, Justin B.; Rumble, Mark A.; Kitchen, Stanley G., 2016. Rangeland drought: Effects, restoration, and adaptation [Chap. 8]
    Dumroese, Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Finch, Deborah M., 2016. Restoring arid western habitats: Native plants maximize wildlife conservation effectiveness
    Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Marshall, John D.; Dumroese, Kasten; Davis, Anthony S.; Cobos, Douglas R., 2016. Seedling establishment and physiological responses to temporal and spatial soil moisture changes
    Hubbel, Kyrstan; Barkley, Yvonne; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, Kasten; Deristin, Sabine; Joseph, Raymond; Brooks, Randy; Davis, Anthony S., 2016. Tree planting in Haiti: How to plant and care for your nursery grown seedlings
    Wang, Jiaxi; Li, Guolei; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Liu, Jiajia; Shi, Wenhui; Liu, Yong, 2015. Both nursery and field performance determine suitable nitrogen supply of nursery-grown, exponentially fertilized Chinese pine
    Williams, Mary I.; Dumroese, Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Jurgensen, Martin F., 2015. Foundational literature for moving native plant materials in changing climates
    Dumroese, Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Davis, Anthony S., 2015. Light-emitting diode lighting for forest nursery seedling production
    Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Davis, Anthony S.; Leary, James J. K.; Aghai, Matthew M., 2015. Stocktype and grass suppression accelerate the restoration trajectory of Acacia koa in Hawaiian montane ecosystems
    Dumroese, Kasten; Montville, Mark E.; Pinto, Jeremiah R., 2015. Using container weights to determine irrigation needs: A simple method
    Wilkinson, K. M.; Haase, D. L.; Pinto, Jeremiah R., 2014. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations - 2013
    Dumroese, Kasten; Williams, Jasmine L.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Zhang, Peng, 2014. Oxyfluorfen strongly affects Larix occidentalis but minimally affects Sagina procumbens in a bareroot nursery
    Jimenez, M. N.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Ripoll, M. A.; Sanchez-Miranda, A.; Navarro, F. B., 2014. Restoring silvopastures with oak saplings: Effects of mulch and diameter class on survival, growth, and annual leaf-nutrient patterns
    Zhu, Y.; Dumroese, Kasten; Li, G. L.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Liu, Y., 2013. Fall fertilization enhanced nitrogen storage and translocation in Larix olgensis seedlings
    Overton, Emily C.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Davis, Anthony S., 2013. Insights into big sagebrush seedling storage practices
    Friggens, Megan M.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, Kasten; Shaw, Nancy L., 2012. Decision support: Vulnerability, conservation, and restoration (Chapter 8)
    Haase, D. L.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Riley, L. E., 2012. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations-2011
    Davis, Anthony S.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Jacobs, Douglass F., 2011. Early field performance of Acacia koa seedlings grown under subirrigation and overhead irrigation
    Riley, L. E; Haase, D. L.; Pinto, Jeremiah R., 2011. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations - 2010
    Haase, Diane L.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, Kasten; Hernandez, George; Karrfalt, Bob; Overton, Ron, 2011. RNGR: A national resource for reforestation, restoration, and nursery professionals
    Schmal, Justin L.; Dumroese, Kasten; Davis, Anthony S.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Jacobs, Douglass F., 2011. Subirrigation for production of native plants in nurseries - concepts, current knowledge, and implementation
    Landis, Thomas D.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Davis, Anthony S., 2010. Fertigation - Injecting soluble fertilizers into the irrigation system: Part 2
    Riley, L. E.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, Kasten, 2010. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations-2009
    Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, R. Kasten; Cobos, Douglas R., 2009. Effects of irrigation frequency and grit color on the germination of lodgepole pine seeds
    Landis, Thomas D.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Davis, Anthony S., 2009. Fertigation - Injecting soluble fertilizers into the irrigation system
    Dumroese, R. Kasten; Jacobs, Douglass F.; Davis, Anthony S.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Landis, Thomas D., 2007. An introduction to subirrigation in forest and conservation nurseries and some preliminary results of demonstrations
    Landis, Thomas D.; Dreesen, David R.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, R. Kasten, 2006. Propagating native Salicaceae for riparian restoration on the Hopi reservation in Arizona
    Landis, Thomas D.; Dreesen, David R.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, Kasten, 2006. Propagating native plants for the Hopi Nation
    Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, Kasten; Marshall, John D., 2006. Run for cover! What's covering your greenhouse and how is it affecting seedling growth?
    Dreesen, David R.; Landis, Thomas D.; Pinto, Jeremiah R., 2006. Stacked propagation: a new way to grow native plants from root cuttings
    Dumroese, R. Kasten; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Jacobs, Douglass F.; Davis, Anthony S.; Horiuchi, Baron, 2006. Subirrigation reduces water use, nitrogen loss, and moss growth in a container nursery
    Milkweed plants are an important host species for both monarch larvae and adult butterflies.
    Iconic monarch butterflies are disappearing from the landscape. They require milkweed plants to complete their life cycle. Milkweed seeds are often produced for restoration in nurseries in special beds. Our work shows that once these beds have served their purpose, milkweed taproots can be harvested, stored, and used for restoration, thus increasing the benefit of these beds.
    Measuring gas exchange on an establishing seedling. Photo by Kasten Dumroese, USDA Forest Service.
    Restoration and reforestation using nursery-produced seedlings can be an effective means of increasing successful establishment and rapid growth following outplanting. This, in turn, can accelerate the recovery trajectory of these ecosystems. However, in many ecosystems of the world, seasonal changes as well as changing climate can create dry conditions that are not favorable to seedling establishment.
    RNGR specialists provide necessary on-site support to nursery managers to improve production of native plants for reforestation and restoration.
    The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources (RNGR) Team, established through a Forest Service memorandum of understanding, is tasked with transferring information on native plants, including their collection, propagation, and deployment. One issue the team addresses is ensuring that nursery managers, reforestation and restoration specialists, and others in related fields receive timely information.
    Tribe members attending a native plant nursery planning workshop.
    The Forest Service’s Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team provides an important forum for Native American tribes to network regarding native plant production and restoration. Team leaders have worked with nearly 80 tribes and one-on-one with more than 500 tribal members across the United States and Canada, teaching them how best to propagate culturally significant plants for their own uses.
    Successful ecosystem restoration often relies on outplanting seedlings grown in nurseries. These seedlings must be of high quality; a healthy, vigorous root system is essential. This project examines how root modification achieved in nurseries affects long-term root architecture and current fine-root growth of ponderosa pine.
    Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and their partners are evaluating biochar as a seed coating and as an amendment to nursery substrates to improve germination and growth of native plants. The goal is to reduce costs associated with restoring ecosystems.

    National Strategic Program Areas: 
    Invasive Species
    RMRS Science Program Areas: 
    Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems