Museum open Weds–Mon, Sea Center on Stearns Wharf open daily; both 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

Barbara Holzman, Ph.D.

Barbara Holzman, Ph.D., is professor emerita at San Francisco State University in the Department of Geography and Environment where she was a professor for 25 years. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. She has always been passionate about the environment and in addition to teaching in her department, she cofounded the Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program at SF State and served as its program director for several years.The focus of Dr. Holzman’s past research and writing has been biogeography and natural resource management. She retired from SF State in 2016. She currently serves as an associate researcher at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and a part-time consultant for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Barbara moved to Santa Barbara in 2016 and loves living on the Mesa. Her passions are nature, environmental education, and making nature experiences accessible to all. She and her husband Dave enjoy traveling, birdwatching, whale watching, hiking with their dog Molly, and an occasional Mahjong game. Barbara currently serves as a docent for the Museum and a volunteer in the Butterfly Pavilion.