Telephone: +1 (530) 753-3035 Ext. 8#
Title: Staff Scientist
Expertise: climate change vulnerability and adaptation, water systems
Amanda works in the Water Resources Program in the Davis, CA, office of SEI-U.S.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of climate change and sustainable development, with a focus on vulnerability and adaptation to the impacts of climate change on water systems.
Since 2007, Amanda has provided technical assistance to developing countries primarily for assessments of vulnerability to adverse climate change impacts and integration of climate risks into local, national, and regional policies and planning processes. She provided technical assistance and capacity building in the preparation Second National Communications under the UNFCCC regarding assessing of sector vulnerability, including an emphasis on mapping coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Through her work at SEI, Amanda has contributed to climate change adaptation planning in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Prior to joining SEI, Amanda spent 4 years working for the Tufts Climate Initiative and the Office of Sustainability on an array of campus greening and outreach projects. While at Tufts, she spent 5 months in Madagascar studying ecology, conservation, and sustainable livelihoods. Her interdisciplinary thesis explored the relationship between microcredit, social-ecological resilience, and sustainable development in Tuléar, Madagascar.
Amanda was a 2006 Udall Foundation Scholar, a Tufts Institute of the Environment Undergraduate Research Fellow, and an International Relations Summer Scholar. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Tufts University in 2007. As a 2011 Across Borders Fellow, she spent July 2011 exploring trans-boundary environmental resource issues in the Middle East.
Water for Electricity: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Business in a Finite World (Project report - 2012)
Indonesia Climate Change Adaptation Action plan (RAN-API): Concept Note (Other publications - 2012)
Testing a multi-scale scenario approach for smallholder tree plantations in Indonesia and Vietnam (Journal article - 2012)
Water scarcity and climate change adaptation for Yemen's vulnerable communities (Journal article - 2011)
Greenhouse gas reduction benefits and costs of a large-scale transition to hydrogen in the USA (Journal article - 2009)