Amielle DeWan was born and raised on Long Island in New York State. She received her BS in Biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton with a specialization in ecology and animal behavior. After her undergraduate degree, she worked on a variety of conservation related field work projects studying: human-wildlife interactions at the School for Field Studies, Kenya, habitat requirements for endangered California Gnatcatchers in southern California, and the impacts of bushmeat on hornbill and primate behavior and ecology in Cameroon. For her Master’s research she studied the impact of small mammal seed predation on threatened plants in a globally rare, pitch-pine ecosystem. For her doctoral research she developed a science-based comprehensive vertebrate monitoring strategy that is currently being used as a model for New York’s State Wildlife Grants program.
As the Biodiversity Monitoring Coordinator for the Hudson River Estuary Program, she is currently responsible for organizing, implementing, and analyzing, baseline monitoring data for species of regional significance, and using that information to initiate conservation action. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing violin, running, and hiking.