James R. Holmquist PhD.

​Postdoctoral Scholar Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Bunche Hall

Room 3221C

Wetlands are important to global carbon cycling, economies, international agreements, and endangered species, but are uniquely vulnerable to climate change. I specialize in reconstructing past environmental changes, and framing natural experiments to understand the future of wetlands on a changing earth. I received my B.S. in Biology from Loyola Marymount University in 2008 where I worked on monitoring and remediating pollution in the Ballona Wetlands, and was awarded both the Howard Towner Memorial Scholarship and the Alfred R. Sedoux prize for field and marine biology. I wrote my dissertation on soil carbon storage and climate in remote peat bogs in Ontario, Canada and received my PhD. in Biology from UCLA in 2013. I am currently working as a postdoctoral scholar on a joint UCLA-USGS project assessing the risk sea level rise poses to California’s coastal marshes