- M.S., Coastal Resource Management, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
- B.S., Biology (Ecology & Evolution), University of Washington
- Coastal Ecology
- Fish and Invertebrate Biology
- Water Quality
- Quantitative Analysis
- GIS Mapping
Amy specializes in nearshore applied ecology and natural resource management of coastal environments for coastal communities. She has coordinated with local, state, and federal agencies to develop and complete research investigations covering such topics as fisheries population assessments, commercial fisheries, predator/prey dynamics, and invasive species. These investigations are often collaborations involving communities, Tribes, agencies, and academia. Her research has helped inform strategic risk assessments of human impacts on marine environments as well as research priorities and environmental monitoring strategies among Tribal and First Nation communities and coalitions. She has also developed short- and long-term environmental monitoring plans (e.g., for shellfish and water quality) for community groups, student programs, and Tribal natural resource departments.
Examples of Amy’s project work include the following:
- Amy managed a multi-institution National Science Foundation pilot project designed to improve inclusion of STEM education and career pathways to underserved populations through the development of a Coastal Almanac. The work included stakeholder coordination, conducting interviews, synthesizing and analyzing data and notes, preparing technical reports, and managing the project website.
- For The Tulalip Tribes, Amy developed a program to study geoduck recruitment and survival. She conducted field sampling, data management, data analysis, methodology development, and technical report writing for bivalve, crab, shrimp, contamination, and water quality studies. Amy also prepared grants to secure funding for the project.
- Amy was part of a team conducting an intensive strategic survey of 22 clam beaches within Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv Territories in British Columbia. Work included survey preparation, local community crew coordination, directing live sampling and biosampling lab work, independent analysis, and final technical report synthesis.
- Amy conducted marine ecosystem research for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Vancouver, BC. The work involved comprehensive literature syntheses assessing marine ecosystem effects of activities in British Columbia. She developed risk assessment matrices, and prepared technical reports for multiple phases of projects for the Department.