Curtis D. HolderCurt Holder

Columbine 2037
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curriculum vitae


  • PhD, Geography, Clark University, 2000
  • MA, Geography, University of Georgia, 1992
  • BA, Geography, Clark University, 1988

Research Interests:

  • Ecohydrology
  • Biogeography
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Latin America

Research Projects:

  • Significance of leaf water repellency in forest hydrology models
  • Influence of land use changes on rainfall partitioning and fog interception in a tropical montane cloud forest in Guatemala
  • Transnational migration, remittances, and decentralization of forest management in municipal-communal forests in Guatemala
  • Leaf traits and leaf optical properties of common species in Colorado and Guatemala

Courses Taught:

  • Environmental Systems: Climate and Vegetation
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Water Resources and Water Problems
  • Topics in Water Resource Management
  • Development of Geographic Thought
  • History and Nature of Geography
  • Synoptic Climatology
  • Field Studies in Geography - Guatemala
  • Geography of Climate Change
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • Nature and Society
  • Practical Meteorology

Awards and Honors:

  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (1992) awarded by the University of Georgia
  • Citizen Activist Award (1988) awarded by the Citizen Action Network, Worcester, MA

Selected Publications:

  • Holder, Curtis D. 2013. Effects of leaf hydrophobicity and water droplet retention on canopy storage capacity. Ecohydrology 6: 483-490.
  • Rosado, Bruno H.P. and Curtis D. Holder. 2013. The significance of leaf water repellency in ecohydrological research: a review. Ecohydrology 6: 150-161.
  • Holder, Curtis D. and Gregory Chase. 2012. The role of remittances and decentralization of forest management in the sustainability of a municipal-communal pine forest in eastern Guatemala. Environment, Development and Sustainability 14: 25-43.
  • Holder, Curtis D. 2004. Rainfall interception and fog precipitation in a tropical montane cloud forest of Guatemala. Forest Ecology and Management 190(2/3): 373-384.
  • Holder, Curtis D. 2003. Fog precipitation in a cloud forest of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala. Hydrological Processes 17(10): 2001-2010.