Christopher Holder



Christopher Holder is working toward his PhD in physical and biogeochemical oceanography at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences from the University of Cincinnati in 2012. He acquired a position as an environmental chemist while working toward his undergraduate degrees and continued for three years after graduating. He returned to graduate school in 2015 to pursue his PhD at JHU. His current research interests include the Chesapeake Bay, modeling biogeochemical processes, and field sampling.


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  • Current:
    • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
      • Doctor of Philosophy Degree, Oceanography
      • Projected graduation in 2020
  • Past:
    • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
      • Master of Art Degree, Earth and Planetary Sciences                  Completed: December 2017
    • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
      • Bachelor of Science Degree, Biological Sciences, High Honors                        Completed: June 9, 2012
      • Bachelor of Science Degree, Environmental Science, High Honors               Completed: June 9, 2012

Publications and Conferences:

  • Pinto, P.X., Al-Abed, S.R., Holder, C.D., Warner, R., McKernan, J., Fulton, S., Sommerville, E., 2018. Assessing the impact of removing select materials from coal mine overburden, Central Appalachia Region, USA. Mine Water and the Environment 37 (1), 31-41.
  • Holder, C.D., Gnanadesikan, A., (2018), Uncovering the Drivers of Chlorophyll Variability in the North Atlantic using Random Forests [BN14D-1050] Presented at 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, 12-16 Feb.
  • Holder, C., Al-Abed, S.R., Pinto, P., The Reuse of Industrial Lead-Contaminated Soil in Urban Applications, Presented at 2014 Fall ACS National Meeting, San Francisco.
  • Pinto, P.X., Al-Abed, S.R., Holder, C., Reisman, D.J., 2014. Evaluation of metal partitioning and mobility in a sulfidic mine tailing pile under oxic and anoxic conditions. Journal of Environmental Management 140, 135-144.
  • Pinto, P., Al-Abed, S.R., Holder, C., Metal release from mine tailings under oxic and anoxic conditions. Presented at the 2013 ACS Fall National Meeting, Indianapolis.
  • Pinto, P., Al-Abed, S.R., Holder, C., Anaerobic treatment of mine impacted water by sulfate-reducing bacteria using a chitin product substrate. Presented at the 2013 ACS Fall National Meeting, Indianapolis.
  • Holder, C. Public Perception of Rain Gardens among UC Students. Presented at the 2012 University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Conference, Cincinnati.
  • Holder, C., Lamkin, M. Effects of Extinction Events on Synchrony of Population Dynamics. Presented at the 2011 University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Cincinnati.


Previous Experience:

  • Pegasus Technical Services, Inc. (Contractor to the US Environmental Protection Agency)
    • Environmental Chemist                                                        June 2011- July 2015


  • University of Cincinnati
    • Assistant Teaching Assistant for Ecology                 March 2011- June 2011; March 2012- June 2012
    • Ecologist/Undergraduate Researcher                        July 2009- Aug 2009; June 2010- June 2011


Additional Skills and Certifications:

  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • Ohio Boating License


Awards and Achievements:

  • National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), Johns Hopkins University, January 2016
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, August 2015
  • Magna Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati, June 2012
  • Academic Honors Dean’s List, University of Cincinnati, Sept 2007- Dec 2009; Mar 2010- June 2012
    • Received academic honors for achieving a quarterly grade point average above 3.4
  • Dean’s List Scholarship, University of Cincinnati- Raymond Walters College, Sept 2007

Activities and Affiliations:

  • Social Event Coordinator, JHU Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Baltimore, MD, Aug 2015- Present
  • Member, JHU Graduate Representative Organization, Baltimore, MD, Aug 2015- Present
  • Success Networking Team Leader, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Cincinnati, OH, Apr 2012- June 2012 (Member, Sep 2011- Present)
  • Member, UC Chapter for U.S. Green Building Council, Cincinnati, OH, Sep 2011- June 2012
  • Treasurer, UC Symbiosis Biology Club, Cincinnati, OH, Jul 2011- June 2012 (Member, Feb 2011- June 2012)
  • Member, UC Ski and Snowboard Club, Cincinnati, OH, Oct 2010- Present
  • Member, UC Scuba Club, Cincinnati, OH, Oct 2009- June 2012
  • Member, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cincinnati, OH, Dec 2008- Present
  • Member, Alpha Lambda Delta, Cincinnati, OH, Apr 2008- Present
  • Member, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Cincinnati, OH, Apr 2008- Present

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