Holly Gibbs has 6 years experience working as a land-use scientist.
She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studies global-scale tropical deforestation and the implications for the global carbon cycle and climate. Holly is developing a new spatially-explicit “hybrid” estimate of tropical deforestation rates in the 1980s and 1990s and working to reduce the uncertainty in carbon emissions from tropical land-use change. She recently co-developed the ever-evolving Earth Collaboratory, which is an internet-based mechanism attempting to conduct global-scale participatory research on tropical deforestation.
Holly received her B.S. in Environmental Science (1999) and M.S. in Natural Resources / Remote Sensing (2000) from The Ohio State University. She then headed south to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division to lead GIS and remote-sensing research for carbon and water cycle projects before starting her Ph.D. in 2003.