Amy received a B.S. in Zoology from Oregon State University and has over 20 years of experience working as a wildlife professional for universities, as well as state and federal agencies. In her current position with the Bureau of Land Management in Grants Pass, she monitors northern spotted owls for the Klamath demographic study. She also conducts habitat assessments, botanical, hydrological and wildlife surveys including other raptors, bats, amphibians and invertebrates. She frequently leads less experienced wildlife technicians and assists them in logistics and the collection of wildlife data in the field.
Previously Amy worked for her alma mater in the Zoology department conducting snake population and steroid hormone studies. While at OSU she also worked for the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit conducting field and laboratory research of northern spotted owls and forest mammals. While in this position, she worked on multiple other projects including, identification and enumerating prey remains in owl pellets and photo-microscopy to measure teeth of small mammals, capture and banding of barred, northern spotted, and great gray owls. Additionally, she conducted ground surveys, tree climbing, capture, radio collar attachment and telemetry tracking to document the home range, distribution and abundance of red tree voles in western Oregon.
Other work Amy has performed includes peregrine falcon hack site monitoring for the Peregrine Fund, spawning salmonid surveys for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, wildlife crew lead for the Willamette National Forest, northern goshawk and Mexican spotted owl research in Utah and Arizona for the University of Montana, and restoration crew leader for Siuslaw watershed council in western Lane county of Oregon which included fresh water mussel, salmonid and botanical surveys.
In her leisure Amy enjoys spending time with her dog and other close friends casually birding, camping, mushroom hunting, gardening, cooking, wine tasting as well as beach combing and tide-pooling.