Brooks, Renee

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Courtesy Faculty
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

229 EPA Building, 200 SW 35th

Phone Number: 
(541) 754-4684
B.S., 1984, University of Georgia, Athens
M.S., 1987, University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D., 1993, University of Washington, Seattle
Research Areas: 
  • Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum
  • Genetics and Physiology
  • Forest, Wildlife and Landscape Ecology
Research Interests: 
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Forest Plant Ecology
Stable isotopes in ecological research, physiological plant ecology, ecohydrology
Plant Physiologist at the US EPA
Selected Publications: 
  1. Brooks, J. R., J. E. Compton, J. Lin, A. T. Herlihy, A. Nahlik, W. Rugh, and M. Weber. 2022. δ15N of Chironomidae: An index of nitrogen sources and processing within watersheds for national aquatic monitoring programs. Science of the Total Environment 813:151867
  2. Weitzman, J. N., J. R. Brooks, P. M. Mayer, W. Rugh, and J. E. Compton. 2021. Coupling the dual isotopes of water and nitrate: A new framework for classifying current and legacy groundwater pollution. Environmental Research Letters 16:045008.
  3. Windler, G., J. R. Brooks, H. Johnson, R. Comeleo, R. Coulombe, and G. J. Bowen. 2021. Climate impacts on source contributions to flow in the Snake River Basin using surface water isoscapes (δ2H and δ18O) Water Resources Research 57: e2020WR029157
  4. Brooks, J. R., D. M. Mushet, M. K. Vanderhoof, S. G. Leibowitz, J. Christensen, B. Neff, D. O. Rosenberry, W. Rugh, and L. C. Alexander. 2018. Estimating wetland connectivity to streams in the prairie pothole region: An isotopic and remote sensing approach. Water Resources Research 54:955-977.
  5. Brooks, J. R. 2015. Water, bound and mobile: Isotopic data help to resolve global hydrologic fluxes. Science 349:138-139
  6. Brooks, J. R., J. J. Gibson, S. J. Birks, M. H. Weber, K. Rodecap, and J. L. Stoddard. 2014. Stable isotope estimates of evaporation:inflow and water residence time for lakes across the United States as a tool for national lake water quality assessments. Limnology and Oceanography 59(6):2150-2165.
  7. Brooks, J.R., P.J. Wigington, D.L. Phillips, R. Comeleo and R. Coulombe 2012. Willamette basin surface water isoscape (d18O and d2H): temporal changes of source water within the river. Ecosphere 3(5):39.
  8. Brooks. J. R. and A. K. Mitchell. 2011. Interpreting tree responses to thinning and fertilization using tree-ring stable isotope. New Phytologist 190:770-782.
  9. Brooks, J.R., H. Barnard, R. Coulombe and J.J. McDonnell 2010. Ecohydrologic separation of water between trees and streams in a Mediterranean climate. Nature Geoscience 3:100-104.
  10. Brooks, J. R., and R. Coulombe. 2009. Physiological responses to fertilization recorded in tree rings: isotopic lessons from a long-term fertilization trial. Ecological Applications 19:1044-1060.