Holly Barnard photo portrait
Associate Professor of Geography • Fellow of INSTAAR • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ecohydrology; Stable Isotope Geochemistry; Forest Hydrology; Tree Physiology • Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2009
Physical Geography
303-735-7062 INSTAAR RL-1, room 151

Research Interests

My research is focused on investigating how vegetation processes affect water flow dynamics and pathways in soil and streams, and conversely, how water flow paths affect vegetation function in mountainous terrain. The ultimate goal is to improve our knowledge of how changes in land-use and/or climate will affect water resources and ecosystems. This interdisciplinary research uses state-of-the-art techniques to reveal patterns and processes at scales ranging from the leaf to the watershed. Some current topics include: evapo-transpiration partitioning using stable isotopes; impact of bark beetle outbreaks on forest water yield in southern Wyoming; and examining the influence of micro-climate on tree function using stable isotope analysis of tree rings.

What's New

The Barnard Ecohydrology lab is growing! We are always looking for well-qualified, enthusiastic students to join our group. Undergraduates interested in research experience or potential senior projects should contact Dr. Barnard.

Potential graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Barnard in advance of applying to the department to discuss research project and funding opportunities.

"What's New" updated February 2011

Barnard's Courses Last 3 Semesters

Spring 2017  GEOG 5100-004 
Special Topics: Writing & Presenting in Physical Sciences

Fall 2016  GEOG 3511 
Introduction to Hydrology

Fall 2016  GEOG 4371/5371 
Forest Geography

Spring 2016  GEOG 5100-004 
Special Topics: Writing & Presenting in Physical Sciences