Interests: My primary interests are in plant community ecology, community analysis, and undergraduate biology education. I investigate the impact of disturbance on natural communities of vascular and non-vascular plants. My past research has explored the compositional shifts in lichen communities as tundra ecosystems are burned or grazed by reindeer, and as prairie ecosystems are converted to woodlands. I have also conducted extensive floristic inventories of vascular plants in central Colorado and lichens and bryophytes of northwestern Alaska. My current scholarship focuses on student understanding of plagiarism in biology, relating class alignment and in-class pedagogies to student higher-order cognitive skills, quantifying atranorin (a lichen-specific secondary compound) using analytical methods, and floristic inventories of lichens in Utah.
Teaching: My courses are administered through Canvas (https://uvu.instructure.com). The courses I teach at UVU include: General Biology (BIOL 1010), College Biology I (BIOL 1610), Biogeography (BIOL 490R), Lichens & Bryophytes (BIOL 490R), General Ecology (BIOL 3700), and Senior Seminar (494R).
Ph.D., Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, 2007. Dissertation: “Community gradients of arctic macrolichens in relation to succession, grazing and the environment.”
M.S., Botany, University of Wyoming, 2002. Thesis: “Vascular flora of the Sawatch, West Mosquito, and west Gore Ranges and Castle Peak area, Colorado.”
B.A., Colorado College, 1998.
Holt, E.A., N. Zemp, M. Van Orman, J. Perry, B.T. Williams, M. Ogden. 2015. Macrolichen substrate selection: patterns among aspen, non-aspen hardwood, and conifer-dominated forests in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah. The Bryologist, in press.
Covert, M., E. Holt, R. Van Buren. 2015. Vegetation patterns associated with abiotic factors and human impacts at the Capitol Reef Field Station. Southwestern Naturalist: in press.
Holt, E.A., C. Young, J. Keetch, S. Larsen, B. Mollner. 2015. The greatest learning return on your pedagogical investment: Alignment, assessment or in-class instruction? PLOS ONE 10: e0137446, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137446.
N. Zemp, E.A. Holt, P. Nelson. 2015. "Secondary trait matrices for lichen community modeling." Botanical Society of America, Edmonton, CA, oral presentation.
Holt, E.A., R. Bradford, I. Garcia. 2015. Do lichens show latitudinal patterns of diversity? Fungal Ecology 15: 63-72.
Holt, E.A., Busby, C., Covert, M., Fox, T., Garcia, J., Garrett, G., Green, M., Larsen, S., Mollner, B., Omer, R., Pearson, C., Rieske, C., Victor, T. 2014. Macrolichens of Capitol Reef National Park. UVU Printing Services, Orem, UT.
Craig Young, Skylar Larsen, Brayden Mollner, Jared Keetch, Emily Holt. 2014. “Classroom alignment does not aid in students’ higher-order cognitive skills,” Ecological Society of America, poster presentation.
Carlo Vos, Phillip McKinney, Colby Pearson, Emily Holt. 2014. “A kinetic study of the breakdown of Atranorin in various solvents and pH” Botanical Society of America, poster presentation.
Skylar Larsen, Brayden Mollner, Jared Keetch, Craig Young, Emily Holt. 2014. “General Biology: Can alignment make students more successful critical thinkers?” Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement Conference, oral presentation.
Skylar Larsen, Brayden Mollner, Jared Keetch, Craig Young, Emily Holt. 2014. “General Biology: Can alignment make students more successful critical thinkers?” Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, poster presentation.
Robert Bradford, Israel Garcia, Emily Holt. 2013. “American lichens: Do they follow latitudinal gradients?” Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, poster presentation.
Megan Curtis, Emily Holt, Renee Van Buren. 2013. “Community structure and human influences on vegetative communities surrounding Capitol Reef Field Station,” Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, poster presentation.