My name is Amanda Manaster, and I am a wannabe mud doctor (i.e., Ph.D. student in hydrology) at the University of Washington in Seattle. I was born and raised among the corn and soybeans in central Illinois, and I stayed there until I graduated in May 2016 with a degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my time at the University of Illinois, I interned at the United States Geological Survey Illinois Water Science Center, where I fell in love with hydrology.
I love science (probably too much), I have an orange cat named Charlie (whom I care about deeply), and I am a dancer at heart.
I am a people person. I am a science person. Because of who I am and what I value, I believe effective science communication is one of the most important aspects of being a scientist. With Muddy Manda, it’s my goal to help spread awesome (mostly water-related) science to audiences who care but may not know where to look.