Amy Randell is a natural resource specialist with 14 years of experience; she currently serves as a botanist and technical communicator for Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting. Ms. Randell has participated in diverse natural resource management and research projects throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Washington, utilizing various vegetation sampling techniques for biomass, cover, density, and frequency. Focal areas include plant identification, vegetation assessment, rangeland and noxious weed management, threatened and endangered species surveys, riparian management, ecosystem management and conservation planning.
In addition to conducting botanical surveys and developing rangeland management prescriptions for Blue Mountain, she has worked as a research assistant for the Restoration Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. In this capacity Amy implemented various research projects including mine reclamation, metal toxicity thresholds of native plant species, and integrated control of weed species on military lands. As a Research Associate with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, Ms. Randell collected vegetation, soil, and photographic data in support of a landscape-scale assessment of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah, and a fire impact assessment for the Hayman burn west of Denver, Colorado. She identified more than 300 grass, herb and shrub specimens using taxonomic keys; prepared, mounted, labeled and organized herbarium specimens for the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument; conducted various soil laboratory analyses and collected vegetation data utilizing the Forest Health Monitoring Plot and Modified Whitaker Plot.
In 2001, Amy completed an independent research project at the Institute of Ecology and Botany, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, on invasive weed management strategies and the utility of a flora database structure. Amy has a B.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Restoration from Colorado State University and has partially completed an M.S. in Technical Communication. Amy is a member of the Colorado Native Plant Society.DegreesB.S. Rangeland Ecology & Restoration – Colorado State UniversityM.S. Technical Communication (In Progress)