amy squareI have a passion for figuring out how knowledge is created and how different forms of knowledge production might bring innovation to persistent environmental issues. My motivations behind this line of research are to contribute to applied research in environmental justice with the added commitment of optimism and searching for solutions, not just describing environmental and social problems. My work thus far focuses on coastal communities around the world, addressing questions of community and environmental sustainability as well as the connections between these two.

My past work┬áinvestigated how incorporating a diverse array of knowledge types – from fishermen, policymakers, and scientists – into conservation research and planning might lead to scientific innovation and policy connections, specifically for water quality. My current work with the California Ocean Science Trust looks at how citizen science might contribute to marine protected area monitoring and management.

I am working on developing ways for collaborative research to take place, finding methods to highlight underrepresented voices, and moving past the ‘doom and gloom’ of many environmental narratives to find mutually beneficial solutions. I write on these for a public audience and available for consulting on group facilitation, mediation, and communication to a diverse audience.

I currently wear several hats as I make the transition from a traditional academic career path to something more practical and applied. I’ve organized my website to reflect both my past experiences and future goals, depending on how you want to get to know me. Feel free to contact me with any questions! I’m always looking to meet new people.