Curtis D. Holder, PhD

Curtis D. Holder, PhD

Curtis D. Holder, PhD

Professor of Geography
Columbine Hall, rm. 2037

Areas of Interest

  • Ecohydrology
  • Biogeography
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Latin America


  • PhD, Geography, Clark University, 2000
  • MA, Geography, University of Georgia, 1992
  • BA, Geography, Clark University, 1988

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Systems: Climate and Vegetation
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Water Resources and Water Problems
  • Topics in Water Resource Management
  • Development of Geographic Thought
  • History and Nature of Geography
  • Synoptic Climatology
  • Field Studies in Geography - Guatemala
  • Geography of Climate Change
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • Nature and Society
  • Practical Meteorology

Selected Publications

  • Holder, Curtis D. and Cerian Gibbes. 2017. Influence of leaf and canopy characteristics on rainfall interception and urban hydrology. Hydrological Sciences Journal 62(10): 182-190.
  • Holder, Curtis D. 2017. Coping with class in science. Science 355(6325): 658.
  • Holder, Curtis D. 2007. Leaf water repellency of species in Guatemala and Colorado (USA) and its significance to forest hydrology studies. Journal of Hydrology 336(1/2): 147-154.
  • Holder, Curtis D. 2004. Rainfall interception and fog precipitation in a tropical montane cloud forest of Guatemala. Forest Ecology and Management190(2/3): 373-384.
  • Holder, Curtis D. 2003. Fog precipitation in a cloud forest of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala. Hydrological Processes 17(10): 2001-2010.

Honors and Awards

  • President's Volunteer Service Award (2015) from the Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (1992) awarded by the University of Georgia
  • Citizen Activist Award (1988) awarded by the Citizen Action Network, Worcester, MA

Volunteer and Service

  • Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Biometeorology
  • Vice Chancellor Review Committee
  • Lead Volunteer, Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
  • Peace Corps Response Volunteer - El Salvador (2014)
  • Peace Corps Volunteer-Guatemala (1988-1990)