Amanda Bennett

Research Associate

Amanda Bennett is a Research Associate with the Council of Canadian Academies.

Amanda holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology and Studio Art from the University of Guelph, an M.Sc. in Biology from Laurentian University, and a PhD in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University.

Amanda’s academic research has focused on the ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. She studied the genetics, spatial ecology, and demographics of species-at-risk turtles for her M.Sc., then moved on to examining constraints and limitations on phenotypic plasticity in larval amphibians for her PhD. She then worked in applied conservation, as an intern with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and the Saving Turtles at Risk Today Project, before returning to Trent University as a Postdoctoral Fellow, working on stress physiology, species distribution modelling, and infectious diseases of amphibians.

Amanda currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Herpetological Society, where she chairs the Research Committee. She is also on the editorial board for Copeia, the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and is a member of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group – Canada. 

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