Amber is the Director of the Climate Science Alliance, a unique partnership to support and promote climate smart conservation. The Climate Science Alliance was created in 2015 out of a unique partnership between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative with additional funding from a Switzer Leadership Grant. To date the Climate Science Alliance has over 350 partner organizations and agencies and has projects with partners throughout California, Baja, Southwestern Tribal Nations, and across the U.S. The Climate Science Alliance activities focus on supporting and promoting science focused partnerships, actions and activities that promote climate smart conservation in the region, and education, outreach and youth engagement. In addition, Amber serves as the CAICE-UPP Program Coordinator at the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Understanding and Protecting our Planet (UPP) is UC San Diego’s new strategic plan that nurtures and supports a collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture that advances the frontiers of knowledge, shapes new fields, and disseminates discoveries that transforms lives. The Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Center for Chemical Innovation located at Scripps Institution of Oceanography with ten partner academic institutions across the United States. As the CAICE/UPP Program Coordinator she is responsible for program and project design and implementation that aligns research scientist expertise and interests with stakeholder priorities and needs to advance the testing and implementation of climate adaptation and resilience strategies. These two roles are complimentary and she leverages the the Climate Science Alliance network to advance co-production of climate science research and implementable solutions to safeguard people and places.
Prior to this position Amber was appointed by Governor Brown as the Assistant Secretary for Climate Change at the California Natural Resources Agency and worked collaboratively to coordinate the State's activities related to climate change adaptation. Preceding the appointment, Amber served the State of California for 10 years as the Climate Change Advisor for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife including creating the Department's Climate Science program which placed emphasis on working closely with stakeholders and technical specialists to mainstream climate change into all policies and programs. Before coming to California, Amber worked for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Washington D.C. where she was the Science and Research Liaison coordinating research and policy between the state fish and wildlife agencies and federal natural resource agencies on energy and climate change issues. Amber completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology from Antioch New England Graduate School. Her dissertation 'CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CALIFORNIA GNATCATCHERS (POLIOPTILA CALIFORNICA): FOCAL SPECIES RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY-BASED CONSERVATION IN URBAN LANDSCAPES was completed in May 2005. Amber is a native of southern California and grew up in the small town of Idyllwild in the mountains above Palm Springs.
Fellow at a Glance
NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment at Scripps Institution of Oceanography-UC San Diego
Coastal & Marine Issues
Conservation Science & Biology
Environmental & Public Health
Environmental Policy & Law
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
San Diego, California 92117