Amanda is a Master's student in Ecology. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Management with an Emphasis in Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation at UC Davis. Throughout her undergrad she developed a strong interest in disease ecology through her time in the Foley lab identifying ectoparasites and learning laboratory techniques, and her summers working for the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Currently Amanda is studying the endangered Amargosa vole in the Mojave Desert: looking specifically at Toxoplasma gondii (a parasitic protozoan that completes its sexual life cycle in cats), and the genetics of an exotic tick (Ixodes minor) found on Amargosa voles. She is excited for the many adventures her Master’s will entail!