My name is Amanda Emert, and I was born and raised in Cotton Center, TX. I began my undergraduate career with an appreciation for the natural world and an understanding that healthy, functional playa wetlands are essential to humans and wildlife in the Southern High Plains. I am especially interested in ecology and wetland habitat quality. Outside of my work and educational pursuits, I enjoy hiking, cycling, camping, spending time with my dog and two cats, and anything else that gives me an excuse to be outdoors! My educational interests certainly reflect this fact. I am currently a graduate student at Texas Tech University seeking a M.S. in Wildlife, Aquatic, & Wildlands Science and Management. The focus of my research is amphibian communities in the Southern High Plains. It is my hope that I will be able to play my part in imparting a sense of conservation and sustainability on our future generations.