Amanda Rinehart received a B.S. in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston. During the later part of her undergraduate degree she was introduced to the marine carbon cycle, which altered the course of her studies from organisms to biogeochemistry. Amanda went on to a M.S. at Texas A&M University in Oceanography and then a Ph.D. at University of Alaska Fairbanks in Biological Sciences. Amanda’s graduate work evaluated the processing and transport of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in high-latitude streams and rivers. DOC is the brown ‘stuff’ that leaches from a tea bag. In the environment, DOC is food for bacteria therefore is an important component of the carbon cycle. In particular, Amanda is interested in the mechanisms that affect DOC processing in aquatic ecosystems so that as the climate changes, we can better predict how much carbon is transferred from aquatic ecosystems to the atmosphere and the ocean.
Amanda brings to Artist boat an adventurous spirit, curiosity, and passion for science literacy. She believes that science can be a powerful tool to engage kids in learning, particularly when they can get their feet wet and muddy!