Amber Childress is a PhD student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University. As a NSF IGERT Fellow in the IWATER (Integrated Water, Atmosphere, Ecosystems Education and Research) Program, she works in the Natural Resource Ecology Lab on climate change impacts and adaptation. Her research evaluates the capacity of water providers in the South Platte River Basin to adapt to future water stress, induced by climate, population, and land-use changes. Previously, she worked at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment as part of the Terrestrial Carbon Group Secretariat on financial and policy mechanisms to achieve climate change mitigation from terrestrial ecosystems. Past experience also includes work in international project finance, focused in Central and South America and policy work in the office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and within the UNFCCC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Economics from Austin College and a master’s degree from Colorado State University in Ecology.