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 a commitment to optimism and a search for solutions. 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.

Some of my past work investigated how incorporating a diverse array of knowledge types – fishermen, policymakers, and scientists – into conservation research and planning might lead to scientific innovation and policy connections, specifically for water quality. I then spent some time leading the California Citizen Science Initiative, finding out how citizen science – a means of including those diverse voices – might help out or strengthen management of California’s marine protected area network.

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. Currently, that takes the form of finding the first few steps forward for ecosystem-based management in the Chesapeake Bay. My goal is to figure out both a good process to move forward here but also come up with some tangible results working closely with regional managers.

I consider myself a modern academic, and therefore currently wear several hats. I’ve organized my website to reflect how you might want to get to know me. For ecosystem-based thinkers in the Chesapeake, it’s my research hat. For others, it might be teaching or facilitating. Feel free to contact me with any questions or freelancing inquiries! I always enjoy meeting new people.