Professor of Environmental Studies
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE)
201A Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Av.
608-262-5356 / email@example.com
Tracey Holloway is a Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She leads an air quality research program in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), working with undergraduates, graduate students, and professional researchers to understand links between regional air quality, energy, and climate. Holloway earned her Ph.D. in AOS from Princeton University in 2001, and completed a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her undergraduate degree (Sc.B.) is from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, and her post-doctoral work was done at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Prof. Holloway is Team Lead of the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST; 2016-2019), and she was Deputy Team Lead of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (AQAST; 2011-2016). She is a 2016-2017 AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow and a 2011 Leopold Fellow, both supporting her public engagement and scientific outreach. Holloway served as SAGE Director from 2008-2011, and is currently on the executive board of Environmental Research Letters. She is also president and founding board member of the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), and was profiled in Nature in 2014 for her leadership of ESWN. Through her work with ESWN, Holloway helps manage the Earth Science Jobs Network – the Earth Science Jobs Network is a free, public listserve for job announcements in the environmental sciences, maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). In 2012, Holloway was honored as the first ever recipient of the MIT C3E (Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards) award in Education and Mentoring, and the Council on Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences (GeoCUR) Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
Most of my work relates to computer models of the atmosphere, which I use to answer “what if?” scenarios related to energy policy, technology, urban planning, and climate change. I also apply satellite data to air quality, and lead the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Science Team (haqast.org).
What is your passion? I’m passionate about helping students find the right educational and career path, and succeed in their goals. A lot of my work outside of research and teaching promotes STEM – and trying to build more pathways into science, supporting early-career scientists, and engaging in public outreach. Here’s a TEDx talk I gave on “Creating More On-Ramps for Science”
What advice do you have for undergrads, grads, postdocs seeking careers in STEM fields? For undergrads, I’d say don’t be put off by a bad grade or two. A lot of students switch out of STEM based on their first-year grades, which isn’t a good reason to switch. You can always change your study strategies, allocate more time, get a tutor, visit the professor’s office hours, find a study partner… if you like STEM and the careers it opens up, stick with it!
Are you involved in any outreach programs (campus, state, or national)? Yes, I helped found and lead the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN), with a mission of supporting the scientists of today and welcoming the scientists of tomorrow. In summer of 2017, I led an international science outreach event called “Science-A-Thon,” where scientists from around the world posted hourly pictures of their #DayofScience. It was amazing to see a day-in-the-life of hundreds of scientists! Here’s my day: https://storify.com/tracey_holloway/my-dayofscience
What do you like to do when you’re away from work? I spend time with my family – husband, 7-year-old son, and our dog Sully. We like to cook, read, and explore Madison.