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Lecturer in Natural Environment, University of Exeter

Amber Griffiths is a researcher and lecturer at the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter, and a Director of the cultural laboratory FoAM Kernow. She trained as a biologist specialising in applied wildlife genetics, but in her opinion the answers to the big questions only come through transdisciplinary approaches, so she work with artists, programmers, social scientists, media professionals, policy makers and end-users to find solutions for conservation and sustainability issues.

She is interested in the interfaces between science, policy, and society. She also worked as a parliamentary science adviser, and currently teaches ‘Science in Society’ to biosciences undergraduate students. She is also interested in how disruptive technology and social change will shape research and teaching institutions of the future. She is an academic editor for PLoS One and a firm advocate of the of democratisation of knowledge via the open access movement.

You can read more about her work here: and or follow her on Twitter @AmberFirefly.


  • 2013–present
    EU Marie Curie Fellowship, University of Exeter
  • 2013–present
    Lecturer in 'Natural Environment', Environment & Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter
  • 2014–present
    Director, FoAM Kernow
  • 2011–2013
    Academy of Finland Fellowship, University of Helsinki
  • 2010–2011
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki
  • 2009–2010
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2008–2008
    Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • 2003–2004
    Editorial Assistant, Nature Publishing Group


  • 2009 
    Queen Mary University of London, PhD Population Genetics
  • 2005 
    Imperial College London, MRes Animal Science
  • 2003 
    University College London, BSc Biology