Amanda Clancy - Animal/Plant Interaction Lab

Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH


Mandy is a senior Biology major at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  This summer she worked in the Animal-Plant Interactions lab helping with her labís long-term research studying the effects of nutrient availability on Animal-Plant Dynamics, nutrient cycling and patterns of nutrient conservation in mangrove ecosystems in the neotropics.  For her independent project she looked at the feeding preferences of the mangrove tree crab Aratus pisonii on Red Mangrove leaves, both in Belize and Florida mangroves. She also had the opportunity to travel to Belize and take part in the Mangrove Ecology Workshop, which involved lecture, fieldwork, and lab work. The goal of the workshop was to explain the ecological significance of mangroves. After graduation, Mandy plans to take a year off to travel domestically and abroad to better define her research interests before attending graduate school in the field of environmental science.

Mandy's internship was funded by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.