Student Affairs Manager
B.A. in English
Grinnell College (IA, USA)
Queen Mary University (London, UK)
CIMAS Fundacion (Quito, Ecuador)
Amelia grew up in New Hampshire where she spent her days riding horses, hiking and exploring the forests. She attended college in Iowa and during her junior year she studied abroad in Ecuador. Her study abroad experience—focusing on environmental degradation and its impact on indigenous communities—clarified Amelia’s desire to work in conservation.
Post-graduation, Amelia volunteered at a lemur research field station with a community-based reforestation project in southeastern Madagascar. The highlights: seeing lemurs, learning how to crazy knee dance from her Malagasy coworkers, and, most importantly, taking part in a successful model of conservation that integrated local communities and scientific research.
Amelia then moved to southeast Alaska to work with a tribal government’s natural resource protection department. After a crash course in identifying salmon by their spawning colors, Amelia spent a season monitoring salmon populations and making lots of noise so as not surprise the grizzlies. She also worked with students doing watershed management research and helped implement grants to study the presence of microplastics in local waters. In addition to loving Alaska’s wild spaces, Amelia loved the intimate relationship between local research and the subsistence harvesting community.
Amelia came to Tanzania in 2018 to teach at a secondary school in Northern Tanzania. She is thrilled to work with SFS in Rhotia and help make studying abroad an enriching and impactful experience!