Amanda Lawless, M.S.

Population Biologist
Conservation & Science
AZA Population Management Center
  • M.S. – Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary
  • B.S. – Biology, Butler University

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecology
  • Marine science
  • Malacology
  • Small population biology
  • Small population management
  • Pedigree analysis and development of pedigree assumptions


As an undergraduate, Amanda studied the factors affecting recruitment of larval lobsters in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Later, she worked as a marine mammal intern at the Indianapolis Zoo and also in the consulting field as a water-quality and environmental scientist.

Amanda’s master’s thesis focused on the effects of shoreline development and oyster reefs on benthic communities in Chesapeake Bay. Upon graduation, she worked as a marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Maritime Science, where she studied benthic infauna, oysters, and blue crabs and was a member of the Sea Turtle Stranding Program.

Prior to starting her role of associate population biologist with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center in March 2016, Amanda worked at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where she worked on collections-based curatorial and research projects on mollusks in the Department of Malacology.

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