Amanda is currently a Coastal Management Fellow for The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is working for the state of Delaware’s Coastal Program in order to Quantify the value of Delaware’s tidal wetland ecosystems to facilitate protection and acquisition.
Amanda graduated with her Master’s in coastal environmental management from the Duke Marine Lab. She was particularly interested in coastal wetlands ecology, integrated coastal zone management, and protection and restoration of estuarine habitats. During the summer of 2012, Amanda was a Coastal Advocacy Fellow at the North Carolina Coastal Federation where she co-authored a watershed management guidebook for town managers emphasizing low impact Development (LID) techniques. At The Federation, she also aided staff members with grant writing, and worked on marsh grass restoration and construction of oyster sills on Jones Island.
Her master’s project was a client based project for the North Carolina Coastal Federation focusing on state stormwater compliance in the 20 coastal counties of NC. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a BS in Biology where her research focused on phenotypic plasticity in the mudsnail Ilyanassa obsoleta and the distribution of cryptic species of the bryozoan Bugula neritina.