Amber Childress

I am a PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University, working with Dennis Ojima. Growing up on a cotton farm in West Texas, I have always had an interest in the interactions between agriculture and ecosystems. After earning a bachelorâ??s degree in International Studies and Economics from Austin College, I spent time working in the US House of Representatives and in project finance at Vinson & Elkins, LLP. I then joined the Secretariat of the Terrestrial Carbon Group at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. My focus was on the finance and political systems needed to effectively address land in climate change policies. My masterâ??s work was an assessment of elk management in Northern Colorado as a case study for understanding social-ecological systems and evaluating institutional fit for resource management. As an I-WATER fellow, my PhD research will draw from these methods and my background in agriculture and climate change in an evaluation of the hydrology of the South Platte River under different climate change and development scenarios and the capacity of current management structures to adapt.