Assistant Director for SRPEC
One East Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Ms. Holm is the Assistant Director for Sponsored Research, Public Engagement, and Communications (SRPEC). She oversees the Sponsored Research Program which is funded by the Hazardous Waste Research Fund through the State of Illinois. This program awards outside grants for research on pollution prevention, emerging contaminants, water quality and use as well as on the reduction and reuse of waste biomass and materials. It also funds ISTC staff research in those areas.
In addition, Ms. Holm is co-coordinator for the Sustainable Electronics Initiative and oversees the research aspects of the initiative. She also organizes Public Engagement activities for ISTC such as the Sustainability Seminar series each semester (shown live and archived on the ISTC website). The series is in its fifth year and is an opportunity for staff and others at UIUC and in the community or beyond to hear speakers on a variety of topics related to sustainability and climate change issues. Other Public Engagement activities which she is involved with include the Naturally Illinois Expo, ISTC's Pollution Prevention Day (new), Institute Lightning Talk Symposium, internships, etc.
Ms. Holm joined the staff of ISTC in August 2006. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Champaign Unit 4 schools and at the Unit 4 Science Center. From 1984-89, Ms. Holm was an assistant limnologist at the IL State Geological Survey with their Lake Michigan Program. She worked on research projects on the degradation of lake trout spawning habitat in the lake and on bluff erosion. She also compiled an extensive computerized bibliography on Lake Michigan research publications from the past 50 years.
Prior to moving to Champaign in 1984, Ms. Holm was involved with various environmental research projects at the University of Minnesota, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of aquatic nutrient cycling, phytoplankton and zooplankton interactions, and the effects on biota from the degradation of aquatic habitat.
Ms. Holm earned her B.A. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa (1976), and earned her M.S. degree in Oceanography and Limnology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1979).