Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm

Jennifer Holm

Postdoctoral Fellow

Climate Sciences Department



Phone: 510-495-8083

Fax: 510-486-5686


Research Interests and Biographical Summary

My main area of research is terrestrial ecosystem modeling. Within this area my research topics of interest include forest disturbance and recovery processes, model sensitivity and uncertainty, dynamic vegetation processes, and understanding tropical forest response to changing climates. Current projects include working with development of a gap model for a tropical forest to evaluate forest response to elevated disturbance regimes, evaluating model uncertainty in the Community Land Model (CLM) and the Community Earth System Model (CESM), modeling gradients in tropical tree mortality across the Amazon Basin, and improving modeling capacity to accurately represent biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) emissions from tropical ecosystems as part of the GoAmazon Project. Additional projects include working with a multi-lab team to create a first generation earth system model with a fully integrated human systems component, representing human activities affecting land use and greenhouse gas emissions.  


Jennifer Holm received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, M.S. in interdisciplinary ecology, with a focus on Tropical Conservation Development and forest resources and conservation, from University of Florida, and a Ph. D. in environmental sciences from University of Virginia.  Prior to joining the lab, Jennifer was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and has been a field research technician at the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (May 2012)
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    • Major: Environmental Sciences
    • Area of Concentration: Ecology
    • Topics: Tropical forest ecology, simulation modeling, carbon and net primary productivity assessment.
  • Master of Science (Dec. 2007)  
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL   
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Ecology
    • Topic: Tropical Ecology and Population Modeling
    • Extra Concentration Certificate: Tropical Conservation and Development Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science (August 2004)
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    • Major: Environmental Studies
    • Minor: Anthropology

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow -  2012 - present
    Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Earth Sciences Division, Climate Sciences Division, Berkeley, CA
    Projects: Green Ocean Amazon Terrestrial Ecosystem Collaborative Project (Geco) Community Land Model (CLM) develop for the Integrated Earth System Modeling (iESM) Project
  • Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Scientist - March – June 2012
    Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Conservation Ecology Center, Front Royal, VA
    Forest modeling and impacts of deer browsing and canopy gap disturbances on forest succession.
  • International LTER/CTFS Workshop Participant - July 12-23, 2010
    Second Analytical Workshop on Dynamic Plot Database Application and Tool Design, Taipei, Taiwan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Interviewed and selected as one of the two graduate students to collaborate with forest ecologists at the Taiwan Forest Research Institute, and then participate in a workshop analyzing biodiversity and long-term datasets collected within US-LTER, ILTER, CTFS/SIGEO forest dynamic plots through-out the globe.
  • Field Research – Hyperspectral NASA experiment - January – February 2010
    Southwestern Puerto Rico, NASA-EPSCoR, Grant No. NNX09AV03A
    Conducted terrestrial ground-truthing and calibration work for a large hyperspectral imagery classification project for southwestern Puerto Rico, and calibrating airborne hyperspectral imagery runs.
  • Field Research – Data Collection - May – July 2008
    Sian Ka’an Reserve and Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Southern Yucatan, Mexico
    Collected data to look at the ecological impacts of hurricane damage on the seasonal dry sub-tropical forests of the southern Yucatan Peninsula. Data will be used to assess hurricane damage at the landscape level within and outside protected areas. Data collection for PhD Dissertation – (graduate researcher).
  • Field Research Technician - September 2007 – December 2007
    Luquillo Experimental Forest, El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico
    Conducted field data collection for the on-going Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Project, which looks at the impact and response to hurricane disturbance on tropical forested ecosystems.
  • Field Research – Data Collection - May 2006 – June 2006
    Amazon Basin (Lowlands), Lorento, Peru
    Collected plant demographic data and conducted sampling of the economically useful palm, Mauritia flexuosa in the tropical forest of Peru. Investigated the differences between wild harvesting and cultivated plantings of the same palm. Collaborated with a NGO to help local communities and families to successfully cultivate Mauritia flexuosa in homegardens to reduce the impact of unsustainable harvesting. Data collected for master thesis (graduate researcher).
  • School for Field Studies - June 2002-July 2002
    Atherton Tablelands Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
    Worked on a continuing 5-year project of creating habitat corridors between fragmented and isolated rainforest patches. Also took courses in tropical restoration, tropical plant identification, and tropical ornithology.

Honors and Awards

  • Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society Membership -April 2007
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society Membership - December 2006
  • Alpha Zeta Honor Fraternity Nomination - September 2006
    University of Florida
  • Valedictorian - May 2000
    Alexander High School

Teaching Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant - August 2008 – May 2012
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Fundamental of Ecology Lab section 
    Management of Forest Ecosystems 
    Global Ecology 
    Practical Concepts in Environmental Sciences 
    Forest Field Sampling
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL - August 2005 – May 2007
    Teaching assistant for a School of Forest Resources and Conservation undergraduate course, titled Forests for the Future.


  • Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship 
    University of Virginia
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment Travel Grant Recipient 
    University of Florida  
  • Tropical Conservation and Development Field Research Grant Recipient 
    University of Florida