Amanda Martinek is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Life Sciences Communication program. She recently completed her master’s degree in the Journalism and Media Communication Department at Colorado State University (CSU), where her thesis examined motivations and barriers towards youth climate action. She has also taught CSU courses JTC 211: Visual Communication and JTC 300: Professional/Technical Writing.

Her research interests include environmental, science, political and strategic communication. She is currently a graduate research assistant for research projects with the National Park Service (NPS) and NOAA, as well as a communication specialist for the National Park Service’s Ocean and Coastal Resources branch.

Born and raised in Southern California, she received a B.A. in Communications and Creative Writing from UC San Diego. Afterwards, she spent six years working at 85SIXTY, a digital marketing agency, as the Director of Social Media. With a passion for live music and writing, she was also the Editor in Chief and a staff writer for San Diego based music publication ListenSD. She is an avid hiker, traveler, yogi, snowboarder, writer, reader and coffee drinker.

For a complete CV, visit her LinkedIn profile.



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Making Strides: The Walkability of NOCO Communities – NOCO Style (March 2019)

Arroyo Seco Weekend – Year Two Was a Success (June 2018)

The First Arroyo Secco Weekend In Pasadena Is Anything But Dry (July 2017)

PBR Music Society Parties with Big Bloom at Ty Segall (January 2017)

Desert Daze 2016 Blew Minds in Joshua Tree, CA (October 2016)

ListenSD Presents: The 2015 Beach Goth Awards (October 2015)

ListenSD Exclusive: Interview with Cole Becker from SWMRS (October 2015) 

Tame Impala at the Observatory North Park (August 2015)


  • Academic Research
  • Reviews, Interviews, Features
  • Short Stories
  • Marketing and Advertising Copy
  • Copy Editing
  • Social Media, Blog, and Newsletter Content