Reza Pezeshki, Ph.D.

Reza Pezeshki, Ph.D.


(901) 678-4187
(901) 678-4457
Ellington Hall 311, Memphis, TN 38152
Office Hours
By Appointment

About Dr. Pezeshki

My interests include plant ecology/ecophysiology, soil-plant interactions, responses of plants to soil hypoxic/anoxic conditions and effects of natural and anthropogenic factors on survival, productivity, and distribution of wetland plants.

Prior to joining University of Memphis in 1994, I served as Assistant professor (1987-90) and Associate Professor (1990-94) at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Campus. Courses taught include Introduction to Plant Physiology, Environmental plant physiology, Wetland Ecology, Wetland Ecology & Management, Plant Ecology, and Soil Ecology.

Research Interests

  • Soil-plant interactions
  • Physiological-ecology of wetland plants: gas exchange and water relations responses to root zone hypoxic/anoxic conditions
  • Effects of natural and anthropogenic factors on survival, productivity, and distribution of wetland plants
  • Role of created/restored wetlands in mitigation/nutrient removal
  • Responses of native ditch vegetation to agricultural and industrial run-offs and their role in cleansing polluted waters


B.S. Forest Engineering, Univ. of Tehran, M.S. Forest Resources, Univ. of Washington-Seattle, Ph.D. Forest Resources, Univ. of Washington-Seattle; Post-Doctoral Fellow: University of Washington- Seattle, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge.

Recent Publications

  • Baud, D. R. and S. R. Pezeshki, 2013. Response of adventitious rooting in Salix nigra and Acer negundo cuttings to exogenous sucrose. Environment, Ecology & Management 2: 44-55. ISSN 2051-2945
  • Jared M. Theriot, John R. White, Ronald P. DeLaune, S. R. Pezeshki, 2013. Will hydrologically restored Mississippi River riparian wetlands promote critical biogeochemical functions? Ecol. Eng.60:192-198.
  • Pierce S.C., M.B. Koontz, S.R. Pezeshki, and R. Kröger. 2013. Response of Salix nigra [Marsh.] Cuttings to Horizontal Asymmetry in Soil Saturation. Environmental and Experimental Botany 87: 137 – 147.
  • Pezeshki, S. R., 2013. Photosynthetic measurements in wetlands. Pp. 155-173. In: Methods in Biogeochemistry of Wetlands (R.D. DeLaune, K.R. Reddy, C. J. Richardson, and P. Megonigal, eds), Soil Science Society of America Book Series no. 10, pp.971, SSSA Publishers, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Donald R. Baud, D. R. and S. R. Pezeshki, 2013. Response of Quercus phellos L. Seedlings to Increased Root-zone Temperature and Simulated Herbivory. Plant Stress 7: 30-33.
  • Koontz, M., J. Koontz, S.R. Pezeshki & M. Moore, 2013. ‪Nutrient and Growth Responses of Leersia oryzoides, Rice Cutgrass, to Varying Degrees of Soil Saturation and Water Nitrogen Concentration. J. Plant Nutrition 36: 2236-2258. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Baud, D. R. and S. R. Pezeshki, 2013. Response of Three Bottomland Hardwood Forest Tree Species to Root-Zone Exogenous Ethanol. J. Environ. Sci., Comp. Sci., Eng. & Tech. Vol 2, 4: 1007-1014.
  • Saunders, L., M. Koontz and S. R. Pezeshki. 2013. Root-Zone Glyphosate Exposure Adversely Affects Two Ditch Species. Biology 2013, 2(4), 1488-1496.
  • Koontz, M., S. R. Pezeshki and R. D. DeLaune; 2014. Nutrient Dynamics in a Restored Wetland. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 45: 609-623.
  • Saunders, L. and S. R. Pezeshki, 2014. Sublethal Effects of Environmentally-Relevant Runoff Concentrations of Glyphosate in the Root-Zone on Ludwigia peploides (creeping water primrose) and Polygonum hydropiperoides (smartweed). Weed Biology & Mgt. 14: 242-250.
  • Pezeshki, S. R., 2015. Photosynthesis in wetland plants: An Overview. In: Wetlands Encyclopedia. Volume I. Wetlands Structure and Function (Finlayson, C. M., Guntenspergen, G. R., Middleton, B. A., Eds.), Springer (IN Press).