Paul Schulte

Associate Professor
School of Life Sciences
WHI 308
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I am a plant physiologist interested in the transport of water through plants. Plants are dependent on water for survival and their ability to acquire water from the soil and transport it throughout the plant is determined by the hydraulic properties of the plant’s tissues. For example, I am interested in how the anatomical characteristics of the conducting cells determine the resistance to water flow through the tissues. I am particularly interested in computer modeling or mathematical approaches to studying transport processes.


Plant Physiology, Plant Water Relations, Biophysical & Mathematical Approaches to Water Transport


Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle

Selected Publications

  • Schulte PJ. 2012. Computational fluid dynamics models of conifer bordered pits show how pit structure affects flow. New Phytologist 193:721-729.
  • Schulte PJ. 2012. Vertical and radial profiles in tracheid characteristics along the trunk of Douglas-fir trees with implications for water transport. Trees 26:421-433.
  • Schulte PJ and DG Costa. 2010. Xylem anisotropy and water transport - a model for the double sawcut experiment. Tree Physiology 30:901-913.
  • Schulte PJ. 2006. Water flow through junctions in Douglas-fir roots. Plant. Cell and Environment 29:70-76.
  • Schulte PJ and JR Brooks. 2003. Branch junctions and the flow of water through xylem in Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine stems. Journal of Experimental Botany54:1597-1605.
  • Becker P, RJ Gribben and PJ Schulte. 2003. Incorporation of transfer resistance between tracheary elements into hydraulic resistance models with tapered conduits.Tree Physiology 23:1009-1019.
  • Schulte PJ and DG Costa. 1996. A mathematical description of water flow through plant tissues. Journal of Theoretical Biology 180:61-70.
  • Schulte PJ and AL Castle, Jr. 1993. Water flow through vessel perforation plates – a fluid mechanical approach. Journal of Experimental Botany 44:1135-1142.
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