Amanda majored in wildlife sciences with a minor in biology in the College of Natural Resources. She joined the Hopkins lab in the spring of 2009 working on a project examining the effects of dietary mercury on wood frogs. The following summer, as a FLeDGE participant, she assisted the wood duck project studying the effects of incubation temperature on stress hormones and locomotion.
Amanda began preparing for her senior thesis in the fall of 2009. Her thesis examined the trade offs between wound healing and thermoregulation mediated by incubation temperature in wood duck (Aix sponsa) ducklings.
Amanda graduated in the spring of 2011 and began working as a post-baccalaureate research fellow in the Hopkins lab. Her focus was wildlife physiology, particularly the endocrine system, maternal effects and temperature-dependent sex determination.
In 2012, Amanda accepted a PhD position with Dr. Rachel Bowden at Illinois State University. Her dissertation research seeks to understand how natural seasonal variation in estrogen levels can affect turtle hatchling sex determination (TSD). Understanding how estrogens interact with temperature to affect sex determination will enhance our understanding of TSD, and increase our ability to predict how reptiles may respond to climate change.