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 www.climatelinks.org) 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.