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Stories from the Smithsonian's Wetland of the Future


Sep 21, 2021 06:39 PM

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James Holmquist
Ecologist @SERC
Holmquist is an ecologist specializing in wetlands and climate change issues at the ecosystem scale. He earned a B.A. in biology from Loyola Marymount University, where he was also an undergraduate researcher in the Ballona Wetlands. During his biology Ph.D. work at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he began to research feedbacks between wetland landscapes, atmosphere and climate on millennial time scales. He wrote his dissertation on the Holocene-length history of peat initiation, carbon storage and hydrology of remote boreal peat bogs in Northern Ontario, Canada. As a postdoc at UCLA, and now at SERC, Holmquist leads efforts to measure carbon storage rates in coastal wetlands using dated sediment cores, and contributes to models of coastal resilience in the face of projected sea level rise. As part of that effort, he works as manager of the Coastal Carbon Research Coordination Network, a network created to encourage data sharing and open access. (Photo credit: LBrown)
Genevieve Noyce
Genevieve Noyce’s research spans landscapes from upland forests to wetlands, bringing together the fields of biogeochemistry, soil microbial ecology and environmental change. A better understanding of how ecosystems and the processes inside them are linked is crucial for predicting the planet’s future and managing our environment. Noyce works to understand these relationships, through long-term field experiments on the Smithsonian’s Global Change Research Wetland and smaller controlled lab studies. Noyce received her B.A. in environmental science in 2009 from Mount Holyoke College, her M.S. in earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire, a second M.S. in mathematics from King’s College in London, and her Ph.D. in physical geography in 2016 from the University of Toronto. (Photo credit: Pat Megonigal)