Karen D Holl

TitleProfessor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentEnvironmental Studies Department
AffiliationsEcology & Evolutionary Biology,
Latin American & Latino Studies
Phone831-459-3668
Email
FAX831-459-4015
Web Site Karen Holl's lab web page
Office461 Nat Sci 2
Office HoursI will be on sabbatical for the 2013-2014 academic year and will not be holding office hours.
Campus Mail StopEnvironmental Studies
Mail461 Natural Science 2
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
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Biography, Education and Training

Dr. Karen Holl is a leader in restoration ecology. Her research focuses on understanding ecological factors that slow ecosystem recovery from human disturbance and using this information to improve restoration efforts. For over a decade, Dr. Holl has been on the faculty in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she works closely with social scientists to develop policy tools to implement the results of her research. She is currently chair of the Environmental Studies Department.

Dr. Holl directs large-scale restoration experiments in collaboration with land managers and farmers in tropical montane forest in Costa Rica and in riparian forest along the Sacramento River in California. In addition, she has studied the restoration of chaparral and grassland ecosystems in California; tropical forests in several countries in Latin America; and hardwood forests in the eastern United States.

Dr. Holl is co-director of the Center for Tropical Research on Ecology, Agriculture, and Development, the main goal of which is to train students and practitioners from tropical countries to be leaders in developing environmental solutions. She serves on the advisory board for various public and private land management agencies and was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow.