Amanda's passion for forest ecological restoration began during her undergraduate studies, and since then, she has conducted extensive research on a wide range of related topics. Her research areas have ranged from the importance of monitoring on restoration initiatives
to traits of exotic invasive plant species on Brazilian coastal ecosystems. Amanda holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and a Master's degree in Botany with a specialization in the structure, dynamics, and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems from the National School of Tropical Botany at the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro (ENBT/JBRJ).
Currently, Amanda is pursuing her PhD in Ecology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where she focuses on the role of exotic plant species in tropical forest restoration initiatives. Her research is geared towards understanding how these species influence the success of forest restoration efforts and how their traits can affect their distribution in different climate change scenarios.