←Dr. Amanda Wendt (USA and Costa Rica) is the Professor of Graduation Projects and Research. She earned her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, United States, where she studied tropical forest regeneration and ecology.
Amanda’s research interests include landscape and community ecology, forest landscape restoration, plant-animal interactions (especially seed dispersal by mammals), patterns of seedling regeneration, forest disturbance and drivers of deforestation, ecosystem monitoring and climate change, landscape connectivity and biological corridors, conservation area management, ecosystem services in productive landscapes, regenerative agriculture, agroforestry and agroecology, corporate responsibility and sustainability (certifications/green business), business and biodiversity, social and economic contexts of conservation, and planetary health.
Before joining EARTH University, Amanda developed research management and teaching experience in numerous professional appointments, but notably as the Director of a corporate responsibility program and wildlife refuge for Chiquita Brands, and as the Research and Education Manager and Interim Director of Research Stations for the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). For OTS, she also served as faculty on numerous short-term and semester-long courses, and as the Principal Investigator for the OTS-US National Science Foundation LSAMP Research Experience for Undergraduates Program for underrepresented students in the sciences. She has worked for more than 15 years as a restoration project manager, and has used forest landscape restoration as a tool for education and community engagement.
Amanda often serves on committees and Boards of Directors, most recently working with the Costa Rican Network for Privately Protected Nature Reserves, Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica, San Juan-La Selva Biological Corridor, Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center, and the Costa Rica-USA Debt Swap for Nature Program. For the Second Debt Swap for Nature Program, Amanda represents EARTH University as the current president of the Canje II Oversight Committee.