Karen D Holl
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Chicano Latino Research Center
  • Phone
  • Email
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  • Website
  • Office Location 457 Nat Sci 2
  • Office Hours Fall 2017 - usually W 12-1 and F-2-3, sign up at
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 461 Natural Science 2
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Ecology, Conservation, Plant Sciences, Natural History, Natural Resource Management, Land Management

Summary of Expertise

Restoration Ecology, tropical ecology, grassland ecology

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 faculty director for the Ken Norris Center for Natural History at UCSC.

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.