Amber Wright

Associate Professor





EDM 314


(808) 956-3639


(808) 956-4745

Academic Degrees

Henry J. Kaiser High School

B.S. Cornell University (Biological Sciences)

M.A. Columbia University (Conservation Biology)

Ph.D. University of California, Davis (Population Biology)

Research Interests

I am not accepting new graduate students for Fall 2021.

I am broadly interested in the population, community, and behavioral ecology of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals (but mainly lizards!). I study research topics such as species interactions and disease ecology. Why do some species thrive in human-modified habitats while most do poorly? What ecological factors contribute to the spread of disease among wild populations, domestic animals, and humans? I approach these questions by studying how animals respond to natural and anthropogenic variation in resource availability using a combination of field experiments, observational studies, and modeling approaches.


Selected Publications

Wright, A. N., Yang, L. H., Piovia-Scott, J., Spiller, D. A., and T. W. Schoener. in press. Consumer responses to experimental pulsed subsidies in isolated vs connected habitats. The American Naturalist

Wright, A. N., Schwartz, M. W., Hijmans, R. J., and H. B. Shaffer. 2016. Advances in climate models do not change predictions of future habitat suitability for California reptiles and amphibians. Climatic Change 134:579-591

Wright, A.N. and M.E. Gompper. 2005. Altered parasite assemblages in raccoons in response to manipulated resource availability. Oecologia 144:148-156