Amanda SuzziAmanda Suzzi

PhD Student, Environmental Conservation


Advisor: Michael France Nelson

Species distribution modelling in Madagascar

Lemurs are ideal ambassadors for habitat preservation and restoration in Madagascar since they are charismatic insectivorous primates reliant on healthy forests to thrive. They are a highly diverse taxonomic group (>100 species) and at the same time the most threatened group of mammals. Approximately 90% of all assessed species are categorized as either vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The aim of this research is to study the abundance, spatial distribution, and ecology of several lemur species, including Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli),  in various forest fragments in the Mahamavo region (NW Madagascar). Information is needed regarding their local and regional distribution as well as the ecological requirements of each lemur species in order to determine their extinction risk in the near future which will assist in habitat management and recovery projects because lemurs are sentinels of biodiversity in the terrestrial ecosystem.

Academic Presentations

Suzzi, Amanda. Impact of a foundational course on students’ attitudes, knowledge, relevance, and future use of Geospatial Information Science and Technology. Teaching Fellowship Conference.

Academic Papers

Suzzi, Amanda. (accepted, 2021). Estimating Aboveground Carbon Stock at Franklin Pierce University. The Northeastern Geographer.

Grant, fellowship, or other funding

US FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (cancelled)

Recognitions, honors, or awards

The National Science Foundation Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Teacher Development Program  – Associate Certificate

Professional development activities


  • Learning Community Book Groups on diversity and inclusion
  • North County Land Trust Creating Connections Mapping Workshop


  • Collecting River Otter Sightings through Community Science Webinar from Megan Isadore
  • “Summing Up Your Science” SciComm2020 Conference
  • Paddle to Recover Indigenous Voices (kayaking event)
  • Advancing Learning through Evidenced-Based STEM Teaching Webinar (via CIRTL)
  • Taking From Project to Publication: the Art of Manuscript Revision Workshop
  • Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in Analytics Mooc