University of Colorado at Boulder

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Holly R. Barnard

Ecohydrology; Stable Isotope Geochemistry; Forest Hydrology; Tree Physiology

Assistant Professor of Geography 

Physical Geography
Fellow of INSTAAR
Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences
303-735-7062 INSTAAR RL-1, room 151  
Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2009

Research Interests

My research is focused on investigating how vegetation processes affect water flow dynamics and pathways in soil and streams, and conversely, how water flow paths affect vegetation function in mountainous terrain. The ultimate goal is to improve our knowledge of how changes in land-use and/or climate will affect water resources and ecosystems. This interdisciplinary research uses state-of-the-art techniques to reveal patterns and processes at scales ranging from the leaf to the watershed. Some current topics include: evapo-transpiration partitioning using stable isotopes; impact of bark beetle outbreaks on forest water yield in southern Wyoming; and examining the influence of micro-climate on tree function using stable isotope analysis of tree rings

Labs & Facilities

KESDA Ken Erickson Spatial Data Analysis Lab

KESDA Lab is an instructional computer lab with advanced software and hardware used to teach technique (skills) courses in geography.

Recent Courses Include

Spring 2017  GEOG 5100-004 (3) Special Topics: Writing & Presenting in Physical Sciences

Fall 2016  GEOG 3511 (4) Introduction to Hydrology

Fall 2016  GEOG 4371/5371 (3) Forest Geography

Spring 2016  GEOG 5100-004 (3) Special Topics: Writing & Presenting in Physical Sciences

Graduate Students

Tropical Hydrology and Biogeochemistry in Panama Canal Watershed
Hydrology; ecohydrology; geochemical transport processes
Hydrology, Ecohydrology, geology
M.A. Alumni
Linking Topography, Hydrology, Climate, and Ecology in Semi-arid Forest: Within Catchment Annual Tree Growth and Water Use Efficiency
M.A. Alumni
Hillslope Dissolved Organic Matter Transport and Transformation in a Semi-arid Headwater Catchment

What's New

The Barnard Ecohydrology lab is growing! We are always looking for well-qualified, enthusiastic students to join our group. Undergraduates interested in research experience or potential senior projects should contact Dr. Barnard.

Potential graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Barnard in advance of applying to the department to discuss research project and funding opportunities.

"What's New" updated February 2011