Holly Olivarez

PhD Student

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Departments / Academic Programs

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Earth & Planetary Sciences: University of New Mexico, 2019
  • Associates Degree in Mathematics: Central New Mexico Community College, 2017

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-1337
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Specialty

Ocean biogeochemistry, air-sea CO2 flux, ocean carbon cycle, the ocean and climate change, Earth System Model output analysis, internal climate variability, climate change talks

Bio

“Climate change is more than parts per million and greenhouse gases,” he added. “The people who are feeling the worst impacts of climate, their voices have got to be heard.” - Robert D. Bullard, professor at Texas Southern University

Black Lives Matter. I acknowledge my daily actions and words have contributed to systemic racism in academia and in the United States in my lifetime. I am sorry for the pain I cause by my daily statements and behavior. I commit to learning how to be an active antiracist in my every day life. I know it is up to me to make change happen. I am capable of creating change in the structure of the academic system that ultimately leads to such heinous acts of police brutality. I acknowledge I will make mistakes and that I will never 'finish' learning how to do this work as this is a lifelong practice and mindset. I acknowledge none of my actions will ever come close to healing the pain our Black colleagues experience. I commit to educate myself, and then to re-educate myself.

https://blacklivesmatter.com

It's impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality, activists say. 
Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism: 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/climate/black-environmentalists-talk-about-climate-and-anti-racism.html

Holly Olivarez is a PhD student in the Environmental Studies Program and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Holly began her undergraduate studies at Central New Mexico Community College, participated in the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation program, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Earth & Planetary Sciences from University of New Mexico in 2019. Holly also participated in the SOARS program, a ten-week research internship at the University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in 2018 and 2019 for underrepresented and minority students. Also in 2019, Holly was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) and is studying the absorption of carbon in the ocean.

Ask NCAR: Climate Change and Our Ocean

Research Interests

The burning of fossil fuels is rapidly increasing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and leading to global warming. The ocean takes up a large fraction of fossil fuel carbon and acts to slow the rate of global warming. At the same time, however, the ocean becomes more acidic as it takes up more and more carbon. Measurements suggest that this absorption has changed a lot from one year to the next and from one decade to the next, and because of this, it is difficult to predict how it will evolve in the future. I am studying the absorption of carbon by the ocean, and analyzing the drivers of variability of ocean carbon absorption.

I am also interested in talking about climate change. I have teamed up with an illustrator, Cal Brackin from On Board Innovations.

Creating the Intersection of the Arts and Climate Change Communication

Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation, 2019
  • Graduate School Diversity Fellowship, University of Colorado Boulder, 2019
  • Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), 2019
  • Stuart A. Northrop Award, University of New Mexico, 2019
  • 2019 Featured Inspiring Graduate, University of New Mexico, 2019
  • Leadership and Involvement Award, University of New Mexico, 2019
  • Leonard Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of New Mexico, 2019
  • University Research Scholarship Assistantship, University of New Mexico, 2019
  • J.P. Fitzsimmons Award, University of New Mexico, 2018
  • Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), 2018
  • Lucille H. Pipkin Senior Scholarship, New Mexico Geological Society, 2018
  • Outstanding Student Award, Association for Women Geoscientists, Laramide Chapter, 2018
  • Summer Community College Opportunities for Research Experience (SCCORE), Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), 2017
  • Excellence in Education Scholarship, Trythall Family Foundation, 2017
  • John Boydstun Scholarship for Mathematics, Central New Mexico Community College Foundation, 2017
  • Suncat Scholar, Central New Mexico Community College, 2015
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