Indiana, or Indy, Reid-Shaw grew up along the Eno River in North Carolina, helping identify macroinvertebrates to assess water quality for a local non-profit. She became interested in social justice issues through campus engagement at Swarthmore College. There, she developed a special major in Environmental Anthropology, and minor in Biology, to better understand the complex interactions between humans and their environments. For her thesis, Indy carried out a study assessing resilience strategies undertaken by Mongolia’s livestock herders facing uncertainty with climate change and other social and environmental stressors. After college, Indy worked on carbon mitigation initiatives at non-profits in Boston and Santa Cruz. During her Ph.D., Indy hopes to incorporate ecological monitoring with qualitative surveys in communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Amanda is a marine social scientist who bridges the gap between science and society. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at Tulane University in English and marine biology, Amanda taught marine science at The Newfound Harbor Marine Institute in the Florida Keys. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Marine Ecosystems and Society at the University of Miami and she honed her skills while working as a fisheries anthropologist at NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Her research is focused on coastal resilience and the human dimensions of marine ecosystems. http://amandadstoltz.weebly.com/