As Communications Manager, I support, facilitate, and lead excellent and engaging science communications at Point Blue. This means getting the word out about the climate-smart conservation science work we do through various outlets, like web and social media, and fostering a strong team of outstanding science communicators. In my role at Point Blue I am thrilled to work toward my personal commitment to conserve and restore the natural world and cultivate a sustainable future where people, wildlife, ecology, and economy are working together in one big, mutually beneficial system.
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 towards the communications aspect of conservation 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 riding my motorcycle, or getting up close and personal with lichens, or swimming in my mermaid tail.
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Una Mujer con Mucha Fuerza en Buena Compañía /A Powerful Woman in Good Company
Science for a Blue Planet blog post, May 13, 2022
Attractive and Beneficial: Groundwater Recharge Basins Can Be Both for People and Wildlife
Science for a Blue Planet blog post, February 26, 2021
6 Ways to Help the Earth While You're at Home
Science for a Blue Planet blog post, April 7, 2020
Carving Out Support for Conservation
Science for a Blue Planet blog post, March 11, 2020
Science for a Blue Planet blog post, November 14, 2019
Working with Ranchers to Heal the Land
Science for a Blue Planet blog post, October 10, 2018
A Beautiful New Way to Connect
Science for a Blue Planet blog post, July 18, 2018
Collaborative Citizen Science for Clean Water Management
Guest Contributor SciStarter Blog, March 15, 2017
How to Tell a Rock from a Penguin: It’s Harder Than It Sounds
Guest Contributor SciStarter Blog, Jan 26, 2017
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 Grasslands and Birds
The Community Voice, Rhonert Park, Cotati, Penngrove, May 2009
Email: Lishka Arata
office: 707-781-2555 ext.354