Amanda Mancini

Amanda Mancini
CUNY Graduate Center | CUNY · Program in Anthropology

Ph.D. Student Biological Anthropology

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Introduction
Amanda Mancini is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation project is 'Multi-scale movement behavior of black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata).'
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - present
City University of New York - Hunter College
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • • Taught 300+ undergraduate students in two courses across 6 academic semesters • Re-designed and developed curriculum for two courses in evolutionary anthropology - 'Introduction to Human Evolution and 'The Human Species' • Converted course materials for both synchronous and asynchronous online learning
August 2016 - present
CUNY Graduate Center
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • • Designed, developed, and executed multi-year, multi-team research expeditions in Madagascar totaling over 16 months • Successfully obtained more than $90k in research funding from granting agencies • Collected non-invasive genetic samples and quantified genotypes on over 200 primates • Analyzed primate genetic data using R and satellite imagery using ENVI and ArcGIS • Presented at national scientific meetings and invited talks at the CVB Research Station • Wrote and edited manuscripts on genet
September 2015 - June 2016
City University of New York - Hunter College
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • • Employed techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR, real-time PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA fragment analysis • Analyzed population and landscape genetic data using R and a variety of specialized software packages • Maintained internal protocols, laboratory equipment, and facilitated daily operations
Education
August 2016 - June 2022
CUNY Graduate Center
Field of study
  • Physical Anthropology
August 2014 - June 2016
City University of New York - Hunter College
Field of study
  • Biological Anthropology
September 2010 - June 2014
Kalamazoo College
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (7)
Article
Landscape genetics is an emerging field that integrates population genetics, landscape ecology, and spatial statistics to investigate how geographical and environmental features and evolutionary processes such as gene flow, genetic drift, and selection structure genetic variation at both the population and individual levels, with implications for e...
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Madagascar has experienced extensive deforestation and overharvesting, and anthropogenic climate change will compound these pressures. Anticipating these threats to endangered species and their ecosystems requires considering both climate change and habitat loss effects. The genus Varecia (ruffed lemurs), which is composed of two Critically Endange...
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In recent decades Madagascar has experienced significant habitat loss and modification, with minimal understanding of how human land use practices have impacted the evolution of its flora and fauna. In light of ongoing and intensifying anthropogenic pressures, we seek new insight into mechanisms driving genetic variability on this island, using a C...
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Habitat loss and fragmentation are among the greatest extinction threats to species worldwide. Large, continuous tracts of forest- such as those found in national parks- are considered crucial for protecting biodiversity and maintaining population cohesion and genetic variability across taxa. We sought to determine the efficacy with which a nationa...
Conference Paper
Background/Question/Methods Productivity of Cladophora glomerata, a filamentous green alga native to the Laurentian Great Lakes, has increased in the past twenty years with the introduction of exotic zebra mussels, and has significantly impacted nearshore and shoreline communities. Much of our understanding of this nuisance algae comes from coars...

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Projects (2)
Project
Utilize traditional field methods and satellite and aerial remote sensing to evaluate forest loss and modification in the Ranomafana-Andringitra region of southeastern Madagascar.