Professional Experience


Master of Arts in Writing, concentration in science and medical writing. The Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland.

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Master of Public Affairs. Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Bloomington, Indiana.

Bachelor of Science, Department of Natural Resources. Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Ithaca, New York.

Professional Experience

Science Communication Coach, COMPASS.  September 2015 – present. Design and lead workshops training environmental and other scientists to communicate more effectively with policymakers, journalists, and others.

Freelance science and environment writer. January 2012 – present.   See Recent Writing for links to Amy’s features and commentary on environment and health.

Independent Consultant, Turnstone Consulting.  April 2001 – December 2012.

Independent consultant providing policy and program evaluation, project management, facilitation, and research and writing services to conservation groups, charitable foundations, and others.  Issue areas of focus included marine fisheries, sustainable seafood, marine protected areas, and ecosystem-based management.  See other work for samples of reports and projects.

Program Director/Vice-President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute (now Marine Conservation Institute).  January 1997 – March 2001.

Ran Washington DC office of nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to advancing the science of marine conservation biology.  Organized and facilitated scientific workshops.  Conveyed information to policymakers, scientists, and the public in the popular and scientific literature.

Policy Analyst, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund (now Earthjustice).  July 1995 – October 1996.

Evaluated the impacts of federal water projects and policies on wildlife habitat.  Influenced legislation by analyzing legislative proposals, working with conservation allies and communicating information to Congress.

Evaluator/Senior Evaluator, U.S. General Accounting Office (now Government Accountability Office). January 1990 – July 1995.

Designed, researched, and wrote reports and testimony for Congress evaluating federal environmental programs in the Interior Department, Army Corps of Engineers, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Public Affairs Assistant, The Ecological Society of AmericaSeptember 1985- June 1987.  Worked with scientists to increase scientific input in national environmental policymaking.


National Association of Science Writers – Member

Society of Environmental Journalists – Associate Member

American Conservation Film Festival – Selector, Past-President and Board Member

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