Amanda is a Wisconsin native where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point in 2012. She settled in the Gulf Coast upon relocating to Houston, Texas to earn her Master of Science in 2015, in which her graduate research focused on the reproductive and behavioral ecology of American Oystercatcher’s on the upper Texas Coast.
Amanda has managed field projects that monitored wildlife to inform conservation and management for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. Her primary research interests include coastal waterbirds and their habitats, in which she has seven years of experience implementing monitoring and conservation programs for sea/shorebirds in the Gulf of Mexico. Amanda currently works at the National Wetland and Aquatic Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana and manages the Whiskey Island Restoration Monitoring project. The project entails conducting avian surveys at Whiskey Island and interpreting survey results to assess the impact of barrier island restoration on species of conservation concern.