Amber Wright

Assistant Professor

Ecology and Conservation Biology




EDM 314


(808) 956-3639


(808) 956-4745

Academic Degrees

B.S. Cornell University (Biological Sciences)

M.A. Columbia University (Conservation Biology)

Ph.D. University of California, Davis (Population Biology)

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the population, community, and behavioral ecology of reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals in terrestrial ecosystems. I study research topics with relevance to both basic ecology and conservation biology, such as introduced species, disease ecology, and climate change. Why do some species thrive in human-modified habitats while most do poorly? What ecological factors contribute to the spread of disease among wild populations, domestic animals, and humans? How do we make conservation decisions given uncertainty in future climate projections? I approach these questions by studying how animals respond to natural and anthropogenic variation in resource availability using a combination of field experiments, observational studies, and modeling approaches.

Selected Publications

Wright, A. N., Schwartz, M. W., Hijmans, R. J., and H. B. Shaffer. 2016. Advances in climate models do not change predictions of future habitat suitability for California reptiles and amphibians. Climatic Change 134:579-591

Wright, A.N., Piovia-Scott, J., Spiller, D. A., Takimoto, G., Yang, L. H., and T. W. Schoener. 2013. Pulses of marine subsidies amplify reproductive potential of lizards by increasing individual growth rate. Oikos 122:1496-1504

Wright, A.N. and M.E. Gompper. 2005. Altered parasite assemblages in raccoons in response to manipulated resource availability. Oecologia 144:148-156