Amy Teller is a Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences (NASEM) Fellow hosted at The Data Center. Dr. Teller primarily contributes to The Data Center’s ongoing research on water management and coastal resilience. She also brings her sociological and environmental lens to support expanding this work in new directions.
Amy is an expert in environmental sociology with a strong interest in applied research useful to community members. With expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and in the social and natural sciences, she works on finding ways to bridge and integrate across these areas.
Dr. Teller has experience and training in research design, data collection and analysis, community engagement, social theory, and writing for varied audiences. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles on a range of topics related to environment and society. As part of that research, she has carried out fieldwork in different parts of the U.S. and internationally. Her dissertation research in sociology focused on understanding local processes of reimagining and rebuilding nature, community, and economy in regions that have lost a long-term economic base in resource extraction. Amy’s ecology research has examined the relationships between fertilizer use practices on farms and nutrient losses into waterways.
Prior to earning her doctorate and joining The Data Center, Amy worked in federal agricultural policy with the Organic Farming Research Foundation as an advocate for farmers and for research on organic agriculture. Prior to that, she was based at the Stanford Center on Longevity working on a project to analyze and communicate population changes in their districts to public library staff in California. Amy has a PhD in sociology and an MS in ecology and evolutionary biology from Brown University, as well as a BA in environmental studies from Carleton College.