Amanda Pennino

Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Amanda is a Ph.D. student in the department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. Her work looks at soil biogeochemistry of forested ecosystems at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Amanda obtained an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University in Soil Science and was a national soil judging competitor for three years. She then attended the University of Wyoming to attain a Master’s degree in Pedology, looking at soil recovery and development following mine reclamation. Additionally, Amanda has contributed towards a multi-institutional effort in data collection and dissemination of highlighting the growing participation of women in soil science.


During her Ph.D., Amanda aims to contribute to estimations of watershed-scale mineral weathering rates in glaciated, headwater catchments. She hopes that research she completes at Virginia Tech will provide broader implications for improved understanding of forest productivity, land management, and ecosystem change. When not digging soil pits or chasing storm events, Amanda likes to garden and hike with her dog, Olivine.