Amber C. Kerr

About me


I am an agroecologist with a particular interest in agroforestry for climate change adaptation in the developing world. I earned my Ph.D. in December 2012 from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation focused on the drought response of maize-legume agroforestry systems in Malawi, southern Africa, where I spent two years in the field.

I believe than an interdisciplinary approach is key to solving environmental challenges. My graduate career has given me the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including valuation of global ecosystem services, effects of climate change on California grasslands, isotopic tracing of soil carbon dynamics, and methodology for greenhouse gas inventories.

In addition to my research, I am passionate about undergraduate teaching. I am currently an adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley (during the summer) and at Las Positas College (during the academic year), where I teach classes on biology, ecology, energy, and sustainability.

From 2014-2016 I was the coordinator of the USDA California Climate Hub, based at the University of California, Davis. (The goal of the Climate Hubs is to translate climate science into actionable advice for farmers, ranchers, and foresters.) This Climatic Change paper on specialty crops and this USDA report on rangelands sum up a large portion of my work at the Climate Hub, and I have several ongoing collaborations with UC Davis researchers on sustainable agriculture issues in California.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about my research or teaching. I look forward to hearing from you!