Amy first came to MBARI in 2001 as an engineering intern studying remote underwater video techniques, and worked in various MBARI labs for a short stint. She again joined MBARI as a science communication intern in 2011. In 2023, she became Synchro’s program manager, leading a program that harnesses the power of a massive collaboration to drive the evolution of marine technology while engaging users actively addressing resource management and conservation challenges, such as those related to climate change and offshore wind energy.  Her marine scientist background spans two decades of working on a diverse array of marine, aquatic fieldwork around the globe, primarily in fisheries and deep-sea ecology. Having worked as a science communicator and reporting fellow for Mongabay and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, she has also published many science stories and videos for universities, newspapers, print magazines, and government. Most recently she worked as a project director for five years in a private-public partnership aimed at curbing illegal fishing worldwide through a co-designed approach. Her science training and field research helps her guide scientists and conservation organizations to communicate more effectively outside their circles.


Masters  Science Communication, University of California, Santa Cruz

MSc, Marine Science, University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand

BS, Marine Biology, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI