Amanda started her college career at Rutgers University as biochemistry major. She changed her major the summer before her junior year after a trip to the Bronx Zoo. She realized her passion for conservation when a friend noticed how inspired she was by the rescued sea lions and asked why she wasn't interested in working with wildlife. Upon returning to Rutgers that August, Amanda switched her major to Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, added a certificate in Environmental Geomatics, and hasn't looked back. Amanda's first ecological project was under Dr. Brooke Maslo studying big brown bats and their role as agents of pest control in fruit orchards. Amanda also traveled to Indonesia to participate in an ecology, conservation, and primatology field course with Dr. Erin Vogel and Dr. Robert Scott where she learned that true conservation is finding a compromise between nature and people. She also saw first-hand the interaction between people and wildlife in the context of ecotourism and community development with a conservation focus. Amanda was later able to travel to Peru to work with emperor tamarins and Malawi to study bat biodiversity, where she further learned the complexities of bridging the gap between people and nature. To date, Amanda continues to work with Dr. Maslo for her G.H. Cook Honors Thesis conducting a survival analysis of Indiana bats with White-nose Syndrome. Amanda now serves as the Student Leader of the Rutgers Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society and as an Aresty Peer Instructor. She was awarded the Jim Applegate award for outstanding student in wildlife conservation and will be working in Wyoming this summer to assess summer habitat requirements for the federally threatened northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). After this summer, Amanda hopes to spend a year in Central or South America to continue working with bats and exploring human-wildlife conflicts. Amanda then hopes return to the U.S. to pursue a doctorial degree to further her exploration of wildlife conservation and community development under the context of bat and human conflicts.
The Wildlife Society's mission is "To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation."
As a student chapter of The Wildlife Society, we aim to enhance our members' networking and learning opportunities as well as their professional and career development in the wildlife science, conservation, and management field. Our chapter provides numerous ways for student members to get more involved in creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats, as well as getting outdoors and enjoying nature.
During our meetings, we will have wildlife professionals discuss their fields and career paths. We will also discuss internships, volunteer, and for-credit based field and research opportunities. Occasionally, we will have group trips to enjoy and learn about wildlife.