James R. Holmquist PhD.

​Postdoctoral Scholar Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Bunche Hall

Room 3221C

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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