Amanda received a degree in Biology from the University of Guayaquil, with complementary studies at the Polytechnic School of the Coast (ESPOL) in Environmental Legislation and Conservation of Natural Resources. As a student she participated in the monitoring and conservation of the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas ) on Santiago Island, Galapagos. Amanda worked for 12 years in the breeding and production of captive shrimp larva and also has experience performing wildlife rescues of endangered species in dry tropical forests, including the translocation of individuals to the Pacoche Coastal Marine Reserve of Manabi. She was a technical assistant in the study of marine policies and scientific research of Roklar-CPPS. Amanda was a researcher for the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys coriacea ) Conservation Program in the Santa Elena Peninsula Marine Reserve. Her academic and work experience has been focused on research and collaborative teamwork for the betterment of the environment.