Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
211-N Sondheim Hall
mholland [at] umbc [dot] edu
My scholarly interests rest, at a most fundamental level, on the intersections between rural livelihoods, land use dynamics, governance, and conservation strategies. To date, the majority of my research has situated itself in Latin America, with an added layer of focus on forests. I collaborate actively with economists, geographers, conservation biologists, as well as conservation and development practitioners. The common thread in this interdisciplinary effort is a commitment to developing research that not only contributes to academic discourse, but also is relevant and practical, informing a specific policy or management dialogue.
Recent Research Activities
- The influence of land tenure on forest change: lessons for conservation incentives and climate change policy in Ecuador
- Mapping subsistence agriculture and smallholder coffee landscapes in Central America to model adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change
- The influence of conservation management on poverty in Central America
- Challenges of trans-boundary environmental governance: the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
(Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles)
Holland, M.B., and D. Lansing. Accepted. Forests in limbo: assessing Costa Rica’s forest and land reform policies. Society and Natural Resources.
Holland, M.B., S.Z. ShamerG, P.A. Imbach, J.C. Zamora, C. Medellin, E. Leguia, C. Donatti, M.R. Martínez, C.A. Harvey. 2016. Mapping adaptive capacity and smallholder agriculture: applying expert knowledge at the landscape scale. Climatic Change, 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1810-2.
Jones, K.W., M.B. Holland, L. Naughton-Treves, M. Morales, L. Suárez, K. KeelanG. 2016. Forest conservation incentives and deforestation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Environmental Conservation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892916000308.
McKinnon, M., Cheng, S., Dupre, S.G, Edmond, J., Garside, R., Glew, L., Holland, M. B., Levine, E.,Masuda, Y., Miller, D., Oliveira, I., Revenaz, J., Roe, D., Shamer, S.G, Wilkie, D.,Wongbusarakum, S., Woodhouse, E. 2016. What are the effects of nature conservationon human well-being? A systematic map of empirical evidence from developing countries.
Bottrill, M., S. Cheng, R. Garside, S. Wongbusarakum, D. Roe, M.B. Holland, J. Edmond, W.R. Turner. 2014. What are the impacts of nature conservation interventions on human well-being: a systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence
Robinson, B., M.B. Holland, L. Naughton-Treves. 2014. Does secure land tenure save forests? A meta-analysis of the relationship between land tenure and tropical deforestation. Global Environmental Change 29:281-293.
Holland, M.B., F. de Koning, M. Morales, L. Naughton-Treves, B. Robinson, L. Suárez. 2014 Complex tenure and deforestation: implications for conservation incentives in the Ecuadorian Amazon. World Development 55: 21-36.
Holland, M.B. 2011. The Role of Protected Areas for Conserving Biodiversity and Reducing Poverty (Volume 2, Chapter 18) in Ingram, J.C., F. DeClerck, C. Rumbaitis del Rio (Eds). 2011. Integrating Ecology and Poverty Reduction: The Application of Ecology in Development Solutions. Springer Link, New York, NY, pp. 253-272.
Andam, K., P. Ferraro, K. Sims, A. Healy, M.B. Holland. 2010. “Protected areas reduced poverty in Costa Rica and Thailand”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(22):9996-10001.
Bruce, J., Holland, M., Lastarria-Cornhiel, S., Naughton-Treves, L., Robinson, B. and K. Wendland. 2010.*”Capítulo 3. Conceptos y términos clave relacionados con la tenencia y los derechos de propiedad en la conservación de bosques basada en incentivos directos”, pp. 61-83 en Seguridad en la tenencia dela tierra e incentivos para la conservación de bosques. Editors: M. Morales, L. Naughton-Treves y L.Suárez. ECOLEX (Corporación de Gestión y Derecho Ambiental).ISBSN: 95 pp.
Naughton-Treves, L., N. Alvarez-Berrios, K. Brandon, A. Bruner, M.B. Holland, C. Ponce, M. Saenz, L. Suarez, and A. Treves. 2006. “Expanding protected areas and incorporating human resource use: A study of 15 forest parks in Ecuador and Peru” Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy. 2(2):32-44.
Naughton-Treves, L., M.B. Holland, and K. Brandon. 2005. “The Role of Protected Areas in Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Local Livelihoods” Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 30:219-252.
Zimmerer, K., R.E. Galt, and M.V. Buck (Holland). 2004. “Globalization and the Coverage of Protected Areas (1980-2000): Trends at the World-Region and Country Levels”. AMBIO, Issue 8, December, 2004.
G: denotes graduate student co-author
2016, Seminar, “Untangling the effects of conservation and formalized tenure on forests and communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Graduate School of Geography, Clark
University, Worcester, MA. (April 21, 2016).
2015, Seminar, “Untangling the Effects of Conservation Policy and Management on Forests in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” Geospatial Forum, College of Natural Resources, NC State
University, Raleigh, NC. (November 5, 2015).
2015, AAG Annual Meeting, Oral Presentation, “Influence of secure property rights and PES on forests and livelihoods: case studies from eastern Ecuador,” American Association
of Geographers, Chicago, IL. (April 2015).
2015, Seminar, “Does land titling save forests? An exploration into land titling and conservation incentives in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon,” Human Dimensions of Natural
Resources Department, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University,Fort Collins, CO. (March 12, 2015).
2014, Seminar, “Untangling the policy effect of protected areas, land titling, and PES on forests and livelihoods in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon”, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Lab, October 15, 2014.
2014. Plenary address. “El Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano:Traduciendo legados persistentes en un marco para el futuro de cooperación ambiental transfronterizo”, Congreso Mesoamericano de Areas Protegidas, Symposium on Biological Corridors, March 2014.
Samuel I. Dupre, PhD candidate. Dissertation topic: Post-impact migration in Guatemalan coffee landscapes.
John Brooks Binau, MSc student. Thesis topic: Urban Farms in Baltimore City: A foodshed and foodscape analysis
Sierra Shamer, MSc. 2014. The Outcomes of Translating Neoliberal Environmental Theory: A Critical Analysis of Payments for Ecosystem Services.
Jennifer Mayo, MSc. 2015. An Analysis of the Housing Market Typology in Baltimore City.
Katelyn Miller, MSc. 2016. Latin@ Immigrant Influence on an Urban Foodscape
GES 120: Environmental Science & Conservation
GES 337: Natural Resource Management
GES 338: Changing Context of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
GES 437/637: Conservation and Development in the Tropics
GES 462/662: Applications of GIS in Human-Environment Systems
GES 400/600: Conservation and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica (Field Course: Summer 2014)
GES 700: Graduate seminar in Human-Environment Geography – (Fall 2014: Tropical Forest Transitions ; Fall 2016: Environmental Science <–> Policy Translations)