Amber Pairis

Amber Pairis


Amber is the Lead for the San Diego Climate Science Alliance, a unique partnership to support and promote climate smart conservation in the south coast region of California and northern Baja, California. The San Diego Climate Science Alliance was created 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. The San Diego Climate Science Alliance activities will 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. 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 as the Climate Change Advisor for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for 5 years and created 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

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Antioch University New England, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Coastal & Marine Issues
Conservation Science & Biology
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Policy & Law
Natural Resource Management
Currently Working On:
Climate change adaptation planning, partnerships, and outreach
3883 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
(916) 205-9478

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