Curriculum Vitae


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 to train environmental (and other scientists) on communicating more effectively with policymakers, journalists, and others.

Freelance science and environment writer. January 2012 – present.   See Published work  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, strategic planning, and research and writing services to conservation groups, charitable foundations, and others.  Issue areas 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

Continuing Education

Conversa Language School.  San Jose, Costa Rica.  May 2003

Rhodes Academy of International Ocean Law and Policy. Rhodes, Greece. Diploma.  July 2000


American Conservation Film Festival – Selection and Programming Committee, Past President and Board Member

National Association of Science Writers -Regular Member

Society of Environmental Journalists – Associate Member

Awards & Honors

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

  • Environmental Hero Award 2000

U.S. General Accounting Office

  • Meritorious Service Award, 1994
  • Special Recognition for Outstanding Performance, Special Commendation Awards 1990-1994

Indiana University

  • Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Cornell University

  • Dean’s List
  • Phi Kappa Phi and Ho-Nun-De-Kah Honor Societies

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