Meet the Team
Lishka Arata, B.S.
Education and Outreach
As Communications Coordinator, my main focus at Point Blue is supporting excellent and engaging science communications. This means getting the word out about the great climate-smart conservation science work we do through various outlets, like web and social media, and fostering a strong team of outstanding science communicators through activities like seminars and resource sharing. In my role at Point Blue I am thrilled to work toward my personal commitment to conserve the natural world and cultivate a sustainable future where people, wildlife, ecology, and economy are equally valued and prioritized.
I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology and joined the Point Blue team in 2004 as a bird banding intern at the Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA. I have worked as a field biologist in Point Blue's San Francisco Bay Tidal Marsh, Central Valley Riparian, and Northern Sierra Forest projects. Outside of my work with Point Blue, I have conducted Marbled Murrelet surveys in Southwest Oregon, Yellow-billed Cuckoo monitoring in Southeast Arizona, and plant (tropical liverwort) research on the Island of Trinidad. In 2007 I migrated from field biology to conservation education to disseminate Point Blue's science to various audiences and help inspire the current and next generation of conservation scientists and environmental stewards. And in 2017 I took a natural step more towards the communications aspect of conservation outreach and education in hopes to evolve and increase my positive impact towards achieving Point Blue's mission.
I am a native of San Francisco and grew up mostly in Northern California, enjoying and learning to value its outdoor wonders and proactive culture at a young age. I currently live in Petaluma, California and am based out of our North Bay Headquarters there. If I'm not in the office figuring out creative ways to engage people in caring about and supporting science and nature, I might be dancing Cuban salsa, practicing the accordion, or getting up close and personal with nature using my macro lens.
Healthy Transitions, Science for a Blue Planet blog post, October 28, 2016
Through the Eyes of a Dowitcher, Science for a Blue Planet blog post, July 9, 2015
California Ricelands and Waterbirds, joint project with other Point Blue staff and the California Rice Commission
Pocket Guide to Beach Birds of California, Lishka Arata and Melissa Pitkin
California Grasslands and Birds, The Community Voice, Rhonert Park, Cotati, Penngrove, May 2009