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Amber Wendler

IGC FELLOW    |   Global Change Center

Ph.D. Candidate  •   Biological Sciences  

Research Interests: Behavioral ecology, conservation biology, and ornithology

Advisors: Dr. Ignacio Moore, Dr. Jeff Walters


Amber is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech co-advised by Dr. Ignacio Moore and Dr. Jeffrey Walters. She is also an NSF GRFP Fellow. Amber received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University in 2018.

After exploring many aspects of biology, Amber is most interested in pursuing research to better understand how a bird’s environment affects their behavior and physiology, specifically in the tropics. Her current research investigates differences between Puerto Rican Tody populations in rainforest and dry forest environments.

In addition to research, Amber is passionate about making STEM and the outdoors more inclusive. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and birdwatching.

Amber is excited to be a part of the Interfaces of Global Change program, which gives her the opportunity to engage in science communication and interdisciplinary research.

Learn more about Amber’s research and DEI projects here.