Introduction – Amanda Emert
June 17, 2019

            My name is Amanda Emert, and I was born and raised in Cotton Center, TX. I began my undergraduate career at South Plains College with an appreciation for natural resources and the understanding that the water from the Ogallala Aquifer is essential to humans and wildlife in the Southern High Plains. After transferring to Texas Tech University, I began learning more about the interrelatedness of all things in the biotic and abiotic realm, as well as the role we play in all of it. 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 have just completed my first semester of graduate school at Texas Tech University seeking a M.S. in Wildlife, Aquatic, & Wildlands Science and Management, and I am now in the middle of my first field season. The focus of my research is amphibian communities in the Southern High Plains. Once I successfully complete graduate school, I hope to gain employment at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a Natural Resource Specialist where I can contribute technical assistance in the Lubbock region. The Ogallala Commons Community Internship is a wonderful opportunity for me to further engage with communities about the importance of protecting our natural resources. It is my hope that I will be able to play my part in imparting a sense of stewardship on our future generations.