Amy Whitcomb

Acting Web Editor

Amy Whitcomb


50 Mrak Hall


Since childhood, she’s dreamed of passing the days in the woods, writing. Now, she sits in Mrak Hall overlooking the Arboretum and collaborates with writers from across campus. She feels fortunate to be in great company and called upon to be inquisitive, analytical and creative as part of the Web and Interactive Communications team.

Amy brings to Strategic Communications more than eight years of experience in research communications, from corresponding with authors at the journals PLoS ONE and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to advising graduate students at the University of Idaho and the University of Washington to proofreading scholarly manuscripts for a university press.

She holds Master of Fine Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Idaho and has been honored with a Pushcart Prize nomination, National Science Foundation Bridge to Graduate Study fellowship and Department of Interior On-the-Spot award.

Favorite book

I can’t choose just one. In my top 10 are Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and a new poetry collection entitled O’Nights by Cecily Parks.

Most memorable vacation

Backpacking the John Muir Trail with my best friend of 11 years. It rained for a week straight and we ended up decamping early because of my knee injury, but there was so much to marvel at the whole time: giant sequoia, tiny pika, waterfalls, wildfire, horizons of granite and endless stores of laughter.

Best advice

Don't hurry, don't rest.