Amy has a BSc in zoology, a PhD in ecological conservation, and a PGCE in secondary school science.
For her PhD, Amy investigated trade-offs between agricultural production and ecosystem functioning. She continued to research similar themes as a postdoctoral researcher, staying on at the University of Reading where she earned her PhD.
A desire to inspire others led Amy away from research and into teaching. For three years she taught biology, chemistry, and physics to young people up to the age of 18. Whilst a teacher, Amy applied communication techniques to engage and excite her students.
After teaching, Amy created and managed an online science communication project. She summarised academic research and curated content for a popular audience of over 18,000 social media followers.
Amy believes that providing communities with knowledge is a powerful tool in protecting our precious environment and applies this theory in her role as River Chew Community Engagement Officer.