Holly Olivarez

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow

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Education

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

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

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.

Bio

Black Lives Matter. I acknowledge I am showing as a reaction to the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality. I felt that deep pain of knowing how wrong it is that he is dead and that how he died. I acknowledge my daily actions and words have contributed to systemic racism in academia and in the United States. 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

“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

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 National Center for Atmospheric Research 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.

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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