Amy Smith began as an adjunct in the Science Department at Kaplan University in 2010, and has worked as a full-time faculty member since 2013. She earned a master's degree in forest ecology and management from Colorado State University in 2004 and a bachelor's degree in environmental science and freshwater ecology from Western Washington University in 1997. Amy currently lives in the Austin, Texas area with her husband and 6 year old daughter.
Amy has previously lived in Colorado, Washington State, and Costa Rica. Her hobbies include outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and boating, as well as working out at the gym and practicing yoga. Before working as an online adjunct faculty, Amy was an assistant store manager for The Home Depot and worked with that company for almost 10 years, starting as a cashier and working up to management. She has experience in home improvement and remodeling and previously owned a kitchen and bath remodeling company with her family in Colorado.
Her research interests include everything related to environmental science, but specifically urban and community forestry, sustainable living and sustainable energy issues, watershed/forest interactions, and wildland fire in the west. She is also interested in health and wellness issues and nutrition. Amy plans to begin work toward a doctorate degree in environmental science within the next year.