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Andrea J. Adams

Conservation Ecologist, University of California, Santa Barbara

I am an ecologist conducting interdisciplinary research and facilitation aimed at conservation problem solving. Working at the intersection of science, management, and community, I aim to improve recovery outcomes for threatened wildlife to support thriving ecosystems. I focus specifically on amphibian declines, wildlife reintroductions, and endangered species management.

I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in Ecology, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology. I am a Researcher in the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Switzer Fellow. I have worked in the government, nonprofit, academic, and private sectors. My field work has spanned diverse ecosystems—from Mexico's Sonoran Desert to the Boreal Forests of Canada, and from California's Channel Islands to the state's unique streams and vernal pools, to aquatic ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada.


  • –present
    Researcher in Ecology, University of California Santa Barbara


  • 2017 
    University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D., Ecology