Amanda is new to the conservation/research frontier, but in her small amount of time she has taken her mission to educate people about animals down all sorts of interesting roads. From Boston, MA, she was completely taken by the ocean at a young age and attributes much of her head-over-heals passion for wildlife to an encounter with a basking shark in the Gulf of Maine as a wonderstruck 7 year old. Off the coast of New England, Amanda worked alongside New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance on basking shark research and identification, and also helped develop a way of talking to the public about the large sharks she fell in love with as a child.
Among her experiences and aside from the animals such as sea turtles and whales that she has experience with, Amanda has found a knack for working with those animals that often carry with them unfair stereotypes, such as snakes, spiders, and, of course, sharks. With a love for these misunderstood creatures came a passion for sharing their untold stories with the world.
Aside from caring for several species of sharks at the New England Aquarium, she worked as an environmental educator for 2 years where she was able to observe the general public’s views on wildlife and has tailored her education style t interpret the issues facing the planet in an empowering, hopeful and entertaining way. Her personal mission is to do as much as she can in her lifetime to serve the animals that she loves, and even on her days off she can be found either in the woods volunteering with rattlesnake conservation, on a boat identifying whales, at a daycare giving a presentation about sharks or holding one of her many pet snakes for children to meet, or if it is in the in the winter, walking the beaches looking for cold-stunned sea turtles. She also uses social media to reach an even wider audience. Her Instagram account, featuring photos of the many exotic animals she works with and educational blurbs about conservation has over 14,000 followers. She is also the social media coordinator for theTurtleRoom, a conservation organization breeding the world’s most critically endangered turtles and tortoises.
The biggest part of her mission is to share with the world her passion for the animals that need our help, and encourage everyone to do their part to help protect the natural world. She wants people to know that they don’t have to be scientists or aquariums to make a difference, and hopes to continue instilling connections among people and animals, because, as she repeats over and over “we’re all interconnected!”