Amy is a cartographer and science communications specialist who transforms data into engaging environmental stories. As NPCA's Geospatial Science Fellow, she uses cartography, scientific illustrations, data visualization, and infographics to communicate conservation science that empowers national parks advocacy.

Science is essential to guiding national parks conservation at NPCA. But science is only as good as how well it is communicated. Amy believes that by making information and maps beautiful, we can help build trust, educate, and inspire action on national parks.

Amy graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in Biology and Public Policy. She began her career experiences in environmental research with the National Insitute for Modeling Biological Systems, NASA, the Department of State, and has co-authored two peer reviewed publications. By combining her experiences in data analysis and visual art, she realized the power of science communication and joined NPCA in 2023.

Amy’s connection with national parks started with family road trips that inspired her passion for conservation. She continued to engage with national parks throughout her education by conducting field experiments in Indiana Dunes National Park. Through these experiences, her goal for NPCA’s maps is to tell complex and diverse stories of nature, people, history, and culture in national parks.

Outside of work, you can find Amy experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, going on photo walks, biking along the river, and tending to her mini rock garden.

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