Amanda was born and raised in northwest Minnesota. She received her B.A. in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology in 2010 from Concordia College in Moorhead MN.
After graduation, Amanda spent part of her summer continuing undergraduate research in vaccine development via an epidemiology study conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh, then spent the remaining portion of the year working two full time jobs while spending as much time running and traveling as possible. After taking a year off, she was ready to dive back into school was excited to learn of my acceptance to NCSU under the direction of Jim Walgenbach. Amanda's thesis project focuses on two different insects-the brown marmorated stink bug and the plum curculio-and their impacts on western North Carolina tree fruit. She is monitoring the brown marmorated stink bug population numbers throughout the season to track movement into the orchards as well as their dispersal into overwintering habitats. Additionally, she traps and monitors the plum curculio, which is a reemerging pest, to better understand how many generations occur at different elevations within western North Carolina where the majority of tree fruits are grown. Stay tuned for the exciting defense I will present at a location near you!
For fun I like to spend my time running, hiking in the mountains, camping, canoeing, kayaking, reading, writing, drawing, doing photography, cooking, drinking as many different types of coffee as possible, and spending time with friends, family and loved ones.