Amy Daniels

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Amy Daniels

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Email: Amy Daniels
Office Phone: 202-994-6240
Phillips Hall #510, 801 22nd St NW Washington, D.C. 20052

Dr. Amy Daniels is the Climate Change Program Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean with U.S. Forest Service International Programs where she provides strategic oversight for technical assistance and capacity building across the region in support of international climate reporting, mitigation commitments and access to climate finance. She also provides thought leadership on regional climate change adaptation in development activities. Amy worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development leading climate change global knowledge development (see and as Senior Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation with the USAID Brazil mission while based in Brazil. She led the concept development of broad-scale biodiversity monitoring in the Amazon with near-counterfactuals in order to evaluate the impact of sustainable business investments by the private sector. She also developed a standardized approach to estimate carbon benefits from USAID’s biodiversity programs. Amy also has worked at the forefront of integrating climate change projections into planning and decision-making contexts.  

Amy has worked at the nexus of climate, natural resources, and development at the state and federal levels, domestically and internationally. She is excited to bring twenty years of experience—more than nine of them living overseas---into the classroom to engage with students.

Amy has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Wesleyan College.

Climate Change, International Development, Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Latin America, Brazil, Land Use, Forestry, Monitoring & Evaluation

Innovations in outcome monitoring and evaluation approaches in land-based international development investments.

Adaptive management approaches to enhance climate resilience.

B.A. Biology, Wesleyan College
M.S. Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida

IAFF 6138 Climate Change & Sustainable Development

Dyson, K., A.E. Daniels et al. in review. Piloting TerraBio: Assessing the impact of converting pastures to shaded-cocoa growing practices in the Brazilian Xingu River Basin. Biodiversity and Conservation.

Dubois, N., A.E. Daniels, and S. Carlson. 2022. Strengthening Competencies for Evidence-Based Biodiversity Programming. USAID Washington. March.

Coffin, A., et al. 2021. The Ecology of Rural Roads: Effects, Management, and ResearchIssues in Ecology, Report No. 23, Summer.

Daniels, A.E. 2018. Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity Indicators FAQUSAID Learning Lab. August. 

Roeyer, H., B. Chacko, A.E. Daniels. 2015. Integrating Climate Change into USAID Activities: An Analysis of Integration at the Solicitation Level. USAID Washington. June.

Stratos, K. and A.E. Daniels. 2016. Capturing and Applying Climate Change Learning at April.

Hall, J.M., T. Van Holt, A.E. Daniels, V. Balthazar, and E.F. Lambin. 2012. Trade-offs between tree cover,

carbon storage and floristic biodiversity in reforesting landscapes. Landscape Ecology 27: 1135-1147.

Daniels, A.E., J.F. Morrison, L.A. Joyce, S.C. Chen, N.L. Crookston, and S.G. McNulty. 2012. Climate

Projections FAQ. USDA Forest Service. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS - 277. Ft. Collins, CO. 32 p

Hines, S., and A.E. Daniels, 2011. Forest Stewardship and Climate Change. US Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

Tkacz, B., H. Brown, A. E. Daniels, et al. 2011. National Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change.

US Forest Service (FS-957b). February.

Daniels, A.E., V. Esposito, K. Bagstad, et al. 2010. Understanding the Impacts of Costa Rica’s PES: Are We

Asking the Right Questions? Ecological Economics 69(11): 2116-2126.

Farley, J., A. Aquino, A.E. Daniels, et al. 2010. Global Mechanisms for Sustaining and Enhancing Schemes of Payments for Environmental Services. Ecological Economics 69(11): 2075-2084.

Daniels, A.E. 2010. Forest expansion in northwest Costa Rica: Conjuncture of the Global Market, Land-use Intensification and Forest Protection. In Nagendra, H. and J. Southworth, editors. Reforesting Landscapes: Linking Pattern and Process. Springer, New York, New York, USA.

Daniels, A.E. and G. Cumming. 2008 Conservation or Conversion? Understanding Wetland Change in Northwest Costa Rica. Ecological Applications 18(1): 49-63.

Daniels, A.E., K. Painter, and J. Southworth. 2008. Milpa Imprint on the Tropical Dry Forest Landscape in

Yucatan, Mexico: Remote Sensing and Field Measurement of Edge Vegetation. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 123: 293-304.

Daniels, A.E. 2006. Incorporating Domain Knowledge and Spatial Relationships into Land Cover Classification: a Rule-based Approach. International Journal of Remote Sensing 27(14): 2949-2975.

Daniels, A.E. 2005. Conservation: a Balance. Introduction and Framework for Innovation. Ecology 86(10): 2841-2844.