Karen Holl is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on understanding how local and landscape scale processes affect ecosystem recovery from human disturbance and using this information to restore damaged ecosystems. Her current research is focused in rain forests in Latin America and chaparral, grassland and riparian systems in California. She oversees a long-term tropical forest restoration study in southern Costa Rica and has worked with students and collaborators in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Panama. She advises numerous land management and conservation organizations in California and internationally on ecological restoration. She works to further efforts to conserve tropical forest, in part by training students from Latin American countries. She was selected as an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and the 2017 co-winner of the Theodore Sperry Award of the Society for Ecological Restoration. She teaches courses in restoration ecology, conservation biology, and environmental problem solving. She has served as chair of the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC and is currently the faculty director of the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History. She is the associate editor for the Island Press-Society for Ecological Restoration book series.
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