Amelia Meier is researching forest elephant social behavior and movement in response to anthropogenic disturbances. She hopes that her research can inform anti-poaching strategy in Gabon.

Amelia has focused her academic career in western and central Africa. Concurrent with studying forest elephants, she studies the effects of incorporating local communities into scientific research and engaging them in environmental education on the bushmeat trade. Prior to working in the Poulsen Lab, Amelia lived in the Congo with the Aka, a group of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, studying how they navigate through the forest and teach their children. She proved her love for science by eating large caterpillars, every meal, for multiple days in a row.  

Amelia’s research interests include conservation, tropical ecology, animal behavior, and community outreach.  She's the grateful recipient of NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship.