Amanda completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Murdoch University where she majored in both Marine and Biological Science. She then went on to complete her Masters in Marine Biological Science at the University of Western Australia. Amanda will complete her Master’s in Business Administration at Murdoch University this year.
In 2019, Amanda was awarded a Women in Shark Science Scholarship. During this time, she spent one month in South Africa studying endemic sharks and promoting women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
Amanda is the Chair of the Environment Committee and sits on the executive committee of the United Nations Association of Western Australia, whose work seeks to affect the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Amanda also sits on the Board of Directors for the Australian Biome Project; a proposed landmark facility designed to showcase the natural environment and indigenous cultures of Western Australia.
Amanda also acts as a spokesperson for Ocean Guardian’s Shark Shield; the world’s only scientifically confirmed and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. In this role Amanda aims to educate the community on Shark Shield Technology and its ability to reduce shark-human interactions whilst having no detrimental effect on the natural environment
With a passion for shark conservation, Amanda created Fin Free Soup. The initiative is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, with restaurants displaying her unique Fin Free logo to indicate to consumers that they do not serve shark fin soup and, in turn, do not support the shark fin trade which is attributed to killing >73 million sharks per year. Her website www.finfreesoup.com currently lists over 230 eateries which are ‘fin free’. Amanda has since gone on to host and co-write a documentary (Shark Soup) about the shark fin trade which aired on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week to great reviews.
Amanda continues to focus her passion and energy into uncovering new information about sharks as well as helping to protect them from anthropogenic influences. She is also currently in the developmental stage of several other shark related film projects destined for major networks.