Amanda Koltz, PhD
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Biological Diversity and Terrestrial Ecology Programs
Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate
300 E St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20546
I am an ecologist interested in the links between global environmental change, biodiversity, and ecosystem health.
My recent work has focused on two key questions (1) How do biological communities respond and adapt to climate change? and (2) What are the consequences of changing species interactions for the cycling of energy and nutrients within ecosystems? To address these questions, I enjoy targeting organisms (often little ones!) that are widely distributed, sensitive to change, and linked to ecosystem services of importance to humankind.
I am also committed to using my research background to promote evidence-based policy, decision-making, and diplomacy efforts. I am currently AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow with NASA's Earth Science Division, where I support the Biological Diversity and Terrestrial Ecology Programs.