Kate Ambrus

SWS Board Member

  • BW Class of 2013
  • Camano resident since 2009

Beach Watcher Experience

  • Frequent participant in Camano Intertidal Monitoring, and occasional participant in Whidbey Monitoring (love doing quadrats)
  • Steering Committee Member for 6 months in the past year
  • Project Committee Member
  • Member of Training Committee for 3 months
  • Participated in phytoplankton training at NOAA Fisheries (would like to do monitoring on Camano if microscopes become available)
  • “Beach Captain” for Iverson Spit Sea Grant/UW invasive European Green Crab monitoring
  • Assisted with EZID training for Camano Island BW Trainees, and currently mentor one trainee
  • Participate in trainings given by other environmental groups such as Shannon Point (eel grass), or Padilla Bay (water quality)
  • Presenter at FOCIP Educational Days for second Graders at the Camano State Park for the last two years
  • Presented at BW monthly meeting on the history of Glacier Peak

Life/Work Experience

  • Bench Scientist – microbiologist – in an R&D lab with Allergan Pharmaceuticals for 26 years
  • Manager of a an R&D microbiology lab for the spin-off company now Abbot Medical Optics for 7 years prior to retirement
  • Administrative experience, knowledge of many computer programs, data bases, Internet, literature searches
  • BS in medical microbiology, MA in general psychology, some graduate work in geology
  • Catalogued and coordinated a library at a Mt. Vernon church, and provided some support for the BW library on Camano
  • Previously lived in Southern California for 40 years, and Czech Republic)

Skills re Board

  • Member at large of Board of Directors for a church in Mt Vernon for one year (church size about 80 members)
  • Administrative experience


  • Mushroom hunting
  • Geology
  • Nature and Hiking
  • Travel (to exotic places of the temperate and arctic climates)
  • Love to learn new things
  • Photography

Reason I want to serve

  • Help maintain the new Beach Watchers organization as a vibrant, enthusiastic and involved group of citizen scientists. Finding new and creative ways to run the new organization.