Andrea Adams

Andrea Adams


A 2014 Switzer Fellow, Andrea received her PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2017. Her interdisciplinary dissertation research examined the historical and contemporary roles of a deadly fungal pathogen on a species of stream-dwelling frog endemic to California and Oregon. Andrea worked for several years before graduate school as a conservation field biologist, conducting field work in places as diverse as the California Channel Islands, Sonoran Desert of Mexico, and Boreal Forest of Canada, and the urban-forest interface in Michigan. From 2008 to 2015, she worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), where she coordinated recovery planning and implementation, interagency consultations, and habitat conservation planning for the endangered California tiger salamander and other species. As a biologist for USFWS, Andrea led the establishment of the first conservation bank for California tiger salamanders in Santa Barbara County, permanently preserving over 850 acres of habitat; in addition, she coauthored a groundbreaking Lacey Act rule to list several salamander species as injurious to prevent the spread of a deadly salamander pathogen into the United States. As an undergraduate, Andrea studied abroad in Nepal, Mexico, Scotland, and Norway, examining the intersection of nature, conservation, and culture. Andrea's interdisciplinary research on amphibians and grizzly bears is aimed at better understanding ecological change through time and the role that shifts in perceptions of ecological change have on conservation outcomes. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers at UCSB, whose work examines historical California grizzly bear diets to better understand the extinct subspecies' use of the landscape. She is also a lecturer in the Environmental Studies department, where she teaches Endangered Species Management (ES 143).

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD
Current Position:
Research Associate & Lecturer
University of California, Santa Barbara
Conservation Science & Biology
Environmental Policy & Law
Natural Resource Management
Water Resources
Currently Working On:
Biological Conservation; Reintroduction Biology

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