Staff Profile
Kimberly Holzer Photo

Biography

Research Interests:

I am invested in furthering our knowledge on ecosystem response to natural and manmade disturbances — with a focus on invasive species and global change — to guide natural resource management and environmental policy design. One of my trademarks is using photography and other imagery to collect and communicate scientific information.

Current Projects:

  • Effectiveness of ballast water management regulations at reducing invasive species risks (national)

  • USCG Type Approval of ballast water treatment technologies (national)

  • Stress resistance and transfer of nonnative species on ship hulls (global)

  • In situ removal techniques for Didemnum vexillum (Alaska)

  • Conservation planning to prevent spread of introduced marine species (Bermuda)

Education:

2010    Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia. Thesis: Natural and artificial disturbances in seagrass meadows.

2003    M.T., Science Education, University of Virginia. Thesis: Relationship between science achievement and sport in young women.

2000    B.Sc., Biology, Bates College. Semester Abroad: University of Otago (Fall 1999).

Publications:

Carney KJ, Holzer KK, et al. (In revision) Temporal changes in global trade and the transport of marine organisms to the Chesapeake Bay by commercial ships. PLoS ONE.

Pagenkopp Lohan, KM, Holzer KK, et al. (In revision) Molecular characterization of protistan species and communities in ships' ballast water across three U.S. coasts. Diversity and Distributions.

Holzer KK, Muirhead JR, et al. (2016) Potential effects of LNG trade shift on transfer of ballast water and biota by ships. Science of the Total Environment.

Holzer KK, & McGlathery KJ (2016) Cultivation grazing response in seagrass may depend on phosphorus availability. Marine Biology 163(4): 88.

Verna DE, Holzer KK, et al. (2016) Ballast-borne marine invasive species: exploring the risk to coastal Alaska, USA. Management of Biological Invasions. 7(2): 199–211.

Pagenkopp Lohan KM, Holzer KK, et al. (2015) Amplicon-based pyrosequencing reveals the diversity of protistan parasites in ships' ballast water: implications for biogeography and infectious diseases. Microbial Ecology. 71(3): 530542.

Small G, Holzer KK, et al. (2014) Headwaters to estuaries: complex response to cultural eutrophication at the watershed scale. Eco-DAS IX Symposium Proceedings, (Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography), pp 106–118.

McCann LD, Holzer KK, et al. (2013) Promoting invasive species control and eradication in the sea: options for managing the tunicate invader Didemnum vexillum in Sitka, Alaska. Marine Pollution Bulletin 77(1–2): 165–171.

Holzer KK, Seekell DA, & McGlathery KJ (2013) Bucktooth parrotfish Sparisoma radians grazing on Thalassia in Bermuda varies seasonally and with background nitrogen content. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 443(0): 27–32.

Holzer KK, Rueda JL, & McGlathery KJ (2011) Differences in the feeding ecology of two seagrass-associated snails. Estuaries and Coasts 34(6): 1140–1149.

Holzer KK, Rueda JL, & McGlathery KJ (2011) Caribbean seagrasses as a food source for the emerald neritid Smaragdia viridis. American Malacological Bulletin 29(1/2): 63–37.

Murdoch TJT, Holzer KK, et al. (2007) Large-scale decline in offshore seagrass meadows in Bermuda. Marine Ecology Progress Series 339: 123–130.

Contact Information:

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Marine Invasions Research Laboratory
P.O. Box 28
Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, MD 21037
e. holzerk@si.edu ׀ t. 443-482-2377 ׀ f. 443-482-2380

 

Publications

  • Carney, Katharine J., Minton, Mark S., Holzer, Kimberly K., Miller, A. W., McCann, Linda D. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2017). Evaluating the combined effects of ballast water management and trade dynamics on transfers of marine organisms by ships. PloS One, 12 (3) , e0172468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172468
  • Holzer, Kimberly K., Muirhead, Jim R., Minton, Mark S., Carney, Katharine J., Miller, A. W. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2017). Potential effects of LNG trade shift on transfer of ballast water and biota by ships. Science of The Total Environment, 580 , 1470-1474. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.12.125
  • Pagenkopp Lohan, Katrina M., Fleischer, Robert C., Carney, Katharine J., Holzer, Kimberly K. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2017). Molecular characterisation of protistan species and communities in ships' ballast water across three U.S. coasts. Diversity and Distributions, 23 (6) , 680-691. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12550
  • Pagenkopp Lohan, K. M., Fleischer, Robert C., Carney, K. J., Holzer, Kimberly K. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2016). Amplicon-Based Pyrosequencing Reveals High Diversity of Protistan Parasites in Ships' Ballast Water: Implications for Biogeography and Infectious Diseases. Microbial ecology, 71 (3) , 530-542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00248-015-0684-6
  • Verna, Danielle E., Harris, Bradley P., Holzer, Kimberly K. and Minton, Mark S. (2016). Ballast-borne marine invasive species: exploring the risk to coastal Alaska, USA. Management of Biological Invasions, 7 , 199-211.
  • McCann, Linda D., Holzer, Kimberly K., Davidson, Ian C., Ashton, Gail V., Chapman, Marnie D. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2013). Promoting invasive species control and eradication in the sea: Options for managing the tunicate invader Didemnum vexillum in Sitka, Alaska. Marine pollution bulletin, 77 (1-2) , 165-171. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.10.011