Dr. Jen Holzer, Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Environmental Studies (2019); MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, USA; BA, Swarthmore College, USA.

Jen's doctoral work evaluated the research-implementation gap in social-ecological research in Europe using case studies in Spain, Scotland, and Romania, and provided recommendations that fed directly into enhancing European research infrastructures. Previously, she was a project manager for climate change mitigation and energy efficiency programs in California and across the US. She is particularly interested in how social processes can affect complex, place-based decision-making, especially in the context of conservation and nature-based solutions.

She is based primarily at Brock University, co-supervised by Dr. Julia Baird.

Project Summary:

The NSERC ResNet is a five-year research network for monitoring, modelling and managing Canadian ecosystem services for sustainability and resilience. ResNet brings together a broad community of scholars and resource managers from across academia, government, ENGOs, and industry sectors to identify paths for sustainable landscape management. The network will study biologically diverse, resilient, and adaptive social-ecological systems amid the complexity of competing values, stakeholders and political jurisdictions. I am working on the ResNet Theme 1 team to help develop a novel decision-support system to manage ecosystem services in Canada's resource landscapes by explicitly taking into account ecosystem services trade-offs.

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Project Publications:

Kerr, G., Holzer, J., Baird, J. and Hickey, G.M. (2021). Ecosystem services decision support tools: Exploring the implementation gap in Canada. FACETS 6:1864-1880.


My full list of research publications prior to joining the lab can be found on Google Scholar.