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Amanda Staudt was a Senior Scientist in NWF's Climate and Energy Program, where she provided scientific expertise for NWF’s research, policy, and outreach activities on climate change. She authors highly accessible reports, engages in media outreach, develops educational materials, and makes presentations to diverse audiences. She focuses on connecting the dots between extreme weather, climate change, impacts on communities and habitats, and available policy and management solutions.
James Hansen. Flickr photo by Milan Ilnyckyj.

Courage, Credibility and Conviction: James Hansen’s Remarkable Career at NASA

4/4/2013 // By Amanda Staudt

This piece originally appeared on Climate Access. Climate scientist James Hansen recently announced his retirement after 46 years at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), to allow him more time and flexibility to advocate for climate action. While […] Read more >

Dave Powell - USDA Forest Svc - La Grande Ranger District - Bugwood

Forests in a Warming World

3/21/2013 // By Amanda Staudt

Mountain pine beetles have devastated nearly 7 million acres of pine forests in Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota since 1996. And, that pales in comparison to the more than 40 million acres of pines lost in British Columbia. These stunning […] Read more >

Wildlife across the country will be impacted by climate change, according to a new draft National Climate Assessment. Photo by William Wiley.

Draft National Climate Assessment Report Available for Public Review

1/11/2013 // By Amanda Staudt

A long-awaited report on how climate change is affecting the United States will be released for public review on Monday, January 14. The Third National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive review of U.S. climate impacts to date. It includes analyses […] Read more >

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy off the shores of Florida and an approaching cold front across the Midwest. (NASA GOES, 10-25-2012)

East Coast Faces Monstrous Halloween Hurricane: How is Climate Change Fueling Sandy?

10/26/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

As Hurricane Sandy barrels up the East Coast, forecasters are giving it nicknames that sound like the title of a disaster movie: Frankenstorm. The Perfect Storm II. All point to the grave danger of a monster storm fueled by the […] Read more >

Dreading the End of Summer

8/31/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

As the pool closes and we start getting ready for another school year, my spirits are sagging. At first I thought it was just feeling wistful that another summer is coming to an end. But, it’s more than that. Frankly, […] Read more >

Important habitat for the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl was destroyed in wildfires that ravaged more than 60% of the  Bandalier National Monument in New Mexico during the summer of 2011. The new technical input report features a case study of this fire and how it affected ecosystem services. Image source: Flickr (Lincoln Wildlife Crew-2008)

New Report on Climate Change and Wildlife

8/15/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

  A new report that brings together recent research on how climate change is affecting plants, animals, and habitats in the United States confirms what we already suspected: the changes are happening faster than previously thought, with more compelling evidence […] Read more >

Fireworks, Washington, DC, July 4, 2007. Credit: Flickr (Camera Slayer)

Talking Climate Change before the Fireworks

7/3/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

As we head out to visit family and friends this Fourth of July or welcome the gang into our own homes, chances are that the conversation is going to turn to extreme weather. From the wildfires raging across Colorado to […] Read more >

Whitewater-Baldy Fire, New Mexico on June 6, 2012. Credit: Kari Greer, USFS Gila National Forest.

Connecting the Dots: How Climate Change is Fueling Western Wildfires

6/15/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

Western wildfires are dominating headlines in June – but the media coverage focuses only on effects while ignoring a major cause. Read more >

Shamu, San Diego, CA. Credit: Patty Mooney

Injecting Social Sciences into the Climate Movement

6/11/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

What do the boomerang effect, the deficit model, and the Shamu principle have to do with helping reduce our carbon emissions? What about the foot-in-the-door effect, spillover, and the single-action bias? Turns out that these and other insights from the […] Read more >

Green sea turtle on Hawaii's Punalu'u beach. Credit: Flickr (The Shifted Librarian)

Righteous is the Turtle. Protect Him!

5/17/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

The green sea turtle slowly clambered onto the black sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. Unconcerned with the small group of onlookers, the turtle found a nice spot to rest and soak in the morning sunshine. Nearby, another […] Read more >