Reinfelder, Ying Fan

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Dr. Ying Fan Reinfelder is a hydrologist with a research interest in global water cycle and its role in the climate system through physical and biogeochemical pathways, particularly through water-plant relations. Her tools include compilation and synthesis of field observations made by others (such as groundwater depth, plant rooting depth) to discover patterns and mechanisms, and to build these mechanisms into global climate and ecosystem dynamics models. By doing so, she hopes to better translate the field observations made at isolated sites to mechanistic cause-effect relations that matter globally and thus shape global environmental change. Her interests of time scales range from seasonal to geological including Cenozoic glaciations and Paleozoic land plant evolutionary that profoundly changed the world.




Miguez-Macho, G., Fan, Y. (2021) Spatiotemporal origin of soil water taken up by vegetation, Nature, 598, 624-628,

Potkay, A., Teemu Hölttä, Anna T Trugman, Ying Fan (2021) Turgor-limited predictions of tree growth, height, and metabolic scaling over tree lifespans, Tree Physiology; tpab094,

Weigelt, A., Mommer, L., Andraczek, K., Iversen, C.M., Bergmann, J., Bruelheide, H., Fan, Y., Freschet, G.T., Guerrero-Ramírez, N.R., Kattge, J., Kuyper, T.W., Laughlin, D.C., Meier, I.C., van der Plas, F., Poorter, H., Roumet, C., van Ruijven, J., Sabatini, F.M., Semchenko, M., Sweeney, C.J., Valverde-Barrantes, O.J., York, L.M. and McCormack, M.L. (2021), An integrated framework of plant form and function: the belowground perspective. New Phytol.

Jasechko, S., Seybold, H., Perrone, D., Fan, Y., Kirchner, J. (2021) Widespread potential loss of streamflow into underlying aquifers across the USA, Nature, volume 591, p391–395,

Potkay, A., Trugman, A., Wang, Y., Venturas, M.D., Anderegg, W.R.L., Mattos, C.R., Fan, Y. (2021). Coupled whole-tree optimality and xylem-hydraulics explain dynamic biomass partitioning. New Phytologist,

Roebroek, C. T. J., Melsen, L. A., Hoek van Dijke, A. J., Fan, Y., and Teuling, A. J. (2020) Global distribution of hydrologic controls on forest growth, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4625–4639,

Jasechko, S., Perrone, D., Seybold, H., Fan, Y., Kirchner, J. (2020) Groundwater level observations in 250,000 coastal US wells reveal scope of potential seawater intrusion. Nat Commun 11, 3229.

Potkay, A, ten Veldhuis, M‐C, Fan, Y, Mattos, CRC, Ananyev, G, Dismukes, GC. (2020) Water and Vapor Transport in Algal‐Fungal Lichen: Modeling constrained by Laboratory Experiments, an application for Flavoparmelia caperata. Plant Cell Environ. 

Rouholahnejad Freund, E., Fan, Y., and Kirchner, J. W. (2020) Global assessment of how averaging over spatial heterogeneity in precipitation and potential evapotranspiration affects modeled evapotranspiration rates, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1927–1938,

Swenson, S. C., Clark, M., Fan, Y., Lawrence, D. M., & Perket, J. (2020) Representing Intra‐Hillslope Lateral Subsurface Flow in the Community Land Model. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11.

Fan, Y, Grant, G, Anderson, SP. (2019) Water within, moving through, and shaping the Earth's surface: Introducing a special issue on water in the critical zone. Hydrological Processes. 2019; 1– 6.

Fan, Y (2019) Are catchments leaky? WIREs Water, 2019;e1386.

Fan, Y, M Clark, D M Lawrence, S Swenson, L E Band, S L Brantley, P D Brooks, W E Dietrich, A Flores, G Grant, J W Kirchner, D S Mackay, J J McDonnell, P C D Milly, P L Sullivan, C Tague, H Ajami, N Chaney, A Hartmann, P Hazenberg, J McNamara, J Pelletier, J Perket, E Rouholahnejad-Freund, T Wagener, X Zeng, E Beighley, J Buzan, M Huang, B Livneh, B P Mohanty, B Nijssen, M Safeeq, C Shen, W van Verseveld, J Volk, D Yamazaki (2019) Hillslope Hydrology in Global Change Research and Earth System Modeling, Water Resources Research, AGU Centennial Volume on GRAND CHALLENGES IN THE EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES, DOI: 10.1029/2018WR023903.


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