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College of Science

Heather Holmes

Assistant Professor

Heather Holmes

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, 2010
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, 2007
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University, 2001

Professional Experience

  • 2013 - Present: Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2012-2013: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • 2010-2011: Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Meteorological Institute, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2010: Visiting Graduate Research Assistant, Environmental Health Center, Inha University Medical School, Incheon, South Korea
  • 2002-2004: Research Chemical Engineer, Bend Research, Inc., Bend, OR

Research Interests

Heather A. Holmes' PhD research focus was experimental investigations to study air pollution, turbulence, meteorology and chemistry in the atmospheric boundary layer.  Following her PhD, two visiting researcher positions took her to Asia and Europe where she studied airborne pollen collection and wind energy.  She completed her postdoctoral training at Georgia Tech as part of the Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology (SCAPE, working with engineers, atmospheric scientists and epidemiologists to characterize air pollution mixtures and their associated health effects.  As part of SCAPE, her research focus was to analyze air pollution and air quality modeling data to better understand and quantify how emission sources combine to impact air quality and provide air quality metrics to epidemiologists for use in health assessments.  Her current research interests incorporate numerical weather prediction and chemical transport modeling with field experiments to investigate pollutant accumulation, transport and mixing and provide data for health and public policy assessments.

Selected Publications

  • Y. Hu, S. Balachandran, J. E. Pachon, J. Baek, C. Ivey, H. Holmes, M. T. Odman, J. A. Mulholland, and A. G. Russell 2014: Fine Particulate Matter Source Apportionment Using a Hybrid Chemical Transport and Receptor Model Approach, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 14 (11), 5415-5431.
  • H. Holmes and E. Pardyjak 2014: Investigation of time resolved atmospheric conditions and indoor/outdoor PM concentrations in homes with gas and biomass cook stoves in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, accepted.
  • S. Balachandran, H.H. Chang, J.E. Pachon, H.A. Holmes, J.A. Mulholland and A.G. Russell 2013: Bayesian-based ensemble source apportionment of PM2.5. Environmental Science &Technology 47 (23), 13511-13518.
  • H. Holmes, E. Pardyjak, K. Perry and M. Abbott 2011: Gaseous dry deposition of atmospheric mercury: A comparison of two   surface resistance models for deposition to semi-arid vegetation, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 116 (D15), D14306.
  • H. Holmes, E. Pardyjak, S. Speckart and D. Alexander 2011: Comparison of indoor/outdoor carbon content and time resolved PM concentrations for gas and biomass cooking fuels in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Atmospheric Environment 45, 7600-7611.
  • H. Holmes, E. Pardyjak, B. Tyler and R. Peterson 2009: Investigation of the time evolved spatial distribution of urban PM2.5 concentrations and aerosol composition during episodic high PM events in Yuma, AZ.  Atmospheric Environment 43, 4348-4358.
  • M. Metzger and H. Holmes 2008: Times scales in the unstable atmospheric surface layer. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 126, 29-50.
  • M. Metzger, B. McKeon and H. Holmes 2007: The near-neutral atmospheric surface layer: turbulence and non-stationarity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London, Series A 365, 859-876.

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