My name is Amanda Klingler (She/Her/Hers). I am a disabled, first-generation woman pursuing my Ph. D. in the Pinter-Wollman Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at UCLA. I earned my B.S in Biological Sciences from Illinois State University, where I developed my interest in behavioral ecology and development in insects. Specifically, I am interested in how the developmental environment affects adult personality, cognition, social behavior, and survival.
In addition to my work in behavioral ecology, I have also completed several research projects on topics in science education. I believe that as scientists, it is our responsibility to communicate our science to the general public in accessible and meaningful ways. As a disabled first-generation woman, who has been both privileged and disadvantaged by my various identities throughout my career, I am committed to mentoring those interested in science and working to make academia a more inclusive and equitable environment for marginalized students.
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For in the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught "