Amber earned a B.A. in biology from Boston University in 2018. During her time as an undergraduate she participated in two semester long research programs, a tropical ecology program in Ecuador and a marine program in Massachusetts and Belize, which increased her passion for field research and conservation biology. Some of her research topics included magnificent frigatebird foraging behavior, diversity and distribution of bats, changes in the relative seasonal abundance of seabirds, importance of seagrass habitats for exploited marine organisms, and differential gene expression in response to stress in anemones. Additionally, Amber assisted with research for the BU Ecological Forecasting Lab, investigating the vulnerability of U.S. forest biodiversity to climate change, and surveying sites in New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
Most recently, Amber worked as a wildlife technician intern for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska, assisting with a variety of bird projects including monitoring arctic tern colonies, conducting northern goshawk surveys, banding rufous hummingbirds, and monitoring tree swallow nest boxes. She also worked on subsistence fisheries projects, which involved setting up fish weirs and remotely monitored cameras to keep track of salmon populations.
Amber will join Dr. Ignacio Moore’s lab in the fall of 2019 as a Ph.D. student. After exploring many aspects of biology, she is most interested in pursuing research to better understand how certain birds respond to changing environments. This research will likely be applied to conservation and management, as birds are great indicators of environmental health. Amber is excited to be a part of the Interfaces of Global Change program, which will give her the opportunity to strengthen effective science communication, and incorporate interdisciplinary aspects in her research.