Curtis D. Holder, PhD

Curtis D. Holder, PhD

Curtis D. Holder, PhD

Columbine Hall, rm. 2031

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
  • Hydrology
  • Water Resources and Water Problems
  • Topics in Water Resource Management
  • Biogeography

Selected Publications

  • Holder, Curtis D. and Leal K. Lauderbaugh, 2023. Progression toward maximum leaf surface storage during the rainfall interception process. Hydrological Processes 37(9): e25959.
  • Lauderbaugh, Leal K. and Curtis D. Holder, 2022. The biomechanics of leaf oscillations during rainfall events. Journal of Experimental Botany 73(4): 1139-1154.
  • Holder, Curtis D., Leal K. Lauderbaugh, Roser M. Ginebra-Solanellas, and Rebecca Webb, 2020. Changes in leaf inclination angle as an indicator of progression toward leaf surface storage during the rainfall interception process. Journal of Hydrology 588, 125070. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125070.
  • 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. 2012. The relationship between leaf hydrophobicity, water droplet retention, and leaf angle of common species in a semi-arid region of the western United States. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 152: 11-16. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.08.005.
  • 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

  • Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Biometeorology
  • Vice Chancellor Review Committee
  • Lead Volunteer, Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
  • Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot Participant - Mexico (2022)
  • Peace Corps Response Volunteer - El Salvador (2014)
  • Peace Corps Volunteer-Guatemala (1988-1990)