Amanda Koltz, PhD
I am an ecologist interested in the links between global environmental change, biodiversity, and ecosystem health.
My research focuses on two overarching questions (1) How do biological communities respond and adapt to environmental 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 have the potential to influence key ecosystem services.
I am also committed to using my research background to promote evidence-based policy, decision-making, and diplomacy. I am currently a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow with NASA's Earth Science Division, where I support the Biological Diversity and Terrestrial Ecology Programs.
In fall 2023, I'm joining the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor. Stay tuned for more information about openings in the lab!