Amanda Cass

Wildlife Biologist

amacass@gmail.com

Experience

Graduate Assistant

University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA

January 2010-Present

  • Received positive reviews while teaching two sections of the introductory biology laboratory course
  • Assisted the Dean of Math and Science’s in development of the freshman success community

Sea Turtle Biologist

Mote Marine Laboratories Sarasota, FL

Starting May 2011

  • Researching spatial and temporal patterns of disturbances to loggerhead sea turtle reproduction

Shorebird Specialist

Sandy Neck Beach Park Barnstable, MA

May 2010-August 2010

  • Management of Coastal Species: Monitored threatened and endangered shorebirds, including Piping Plovers, Least Terns and Common Terns. Erected predator exclosures. Assisted with monitoring of diamond back terrapin, including tracking, data collection and hatchling release
  • Data collection and analysis: Collected nesting data and productivity data for piping plovers through monitoring and use of GPS and dataloggers, coordinated remote video monitoring. Developed data collection methods for least tern colonies. Analyzed data and submitted annual state reports
  • Consultation: Advised beach park management for opening and closures of beachfront and trails
  • Public Education: Educated beach-goers and participated in design of junior rangers program about conservation of coastal species
  • Operated and maintained all-terrain vehicles, worked in inclement weather and conditions including weekend and holiday hours

Education

Doctoral candidate in Environmental Biology

University of Massachusetts Boston

January 2010-Present

  • Current GPA: 4.0
  • Research interests: Landscape ecology, geographic information systems, population modeling, animal behavior, and conservation of threatened and endangered coastal and marine species
  • Related Coursework: Geographical Information Systems, Geospatial Databases, Applied Statistics, Estimation in Ecology, Advanced Eukaryotic Genetics, Curriculum Design, Comparative Animal Physiology

Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinary Medicine

University of Massachusetts Amherst

December 2006

  • Honors: Participated in the Commonwealth College (Honors Program)
  • Graduated Magna cum Laude with a GPA of 3.5
  • Golden Key International Honors Society
  • Field Experience: African wildlife conservation and introduction to field studies in Botswana, Africa
  • Related Coursework: Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Habitat Management, Fisheries Conservation and Management, Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology, Reproduction, Animal Behavior, Statistics, Biology