person with a pen and notebook sitting on a rock near water and coastline at sunset
Ame at Deception Pass, WA (2021)

about ame

tread softly, listen deeply, create passionately

I've been published five times in as many fields. My general interests are forest and watershed dynamics, marine and coastal adaptation, environmental equity, representation in science, collective action for sustainability, and polycentric multi-scale governance.

More specifically I am interested in arid southern Peru's systems impacted heavily by gold mining, pesticide contamination, and overfishing.

For the past six years, I worked at the WA State Department of Ecology as an in-house consultant focused on data and storytelling; performance management, strategic planning, reporting, change management, and everything in between. While there I helped develop and pilot tools for environmental justice equity analyses and led our Spanish translation and interpretation team.

My previous research, on three continents, spans molecular biology, plant physiology, ecohydrology, field ecology, and qualitative public policy. My talents are bringing together ideas, people and resources to solve problems creatively.

I am part of the Leadership Tomorrow class of 2022, a Puget Sound-wide antiracist community leadership program.

My inspiration has come from traveling, going outdoors in a vast array of ecosystems, the Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, poetry, and the many wonderful people I've encountered and begun to understand in my life thus far. As a genderfluid, mixed-racial, bilingual person of color, I try to embody the principles of collective liberation, intersectionality, and critical scholarship.