Amanda is originally from Montreal, Canada, but is currently studying at the University of Alberta, where she is pursuing an MSc in the Department of Biological Sciences. For her thesis, she is studying the movement patterns of grey wolves in northern Alberta, an area affected by oil and forestry industries. Her research is funded by a scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In 2013, Amanda graduated with honours from McGill University, where she majored in Environmental Biology. Her essay, ‘Variation in Activity and Foraging Patterns Between and within Years in a Population of Eastern Chipmunks, Tamias Striatus’ was inspired by a summer NSERC research grant, during which she studied wild Eastern chipmunks in southeastern Quebec.
As an aspiring wildlife biologist, Amanda hopes to continue to explore the relationship between humans and nature by conducting research that is of both human and ecological importance.
Undergraduate Award Overall & Programme Winner in 2013
University: McGill University
Course: Agricultural & Environmental Sciences