Anna Handte-Reinecker


Program Assistant


B.S. in Biology, Minors in German and Natural Resources Conservation
University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA, USA)

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Anna grew up right outside Boston, Massachusetts spending as much time outdoors as possible. She received her B.S. in Biology from the Commonwealth Honors College of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with minors in German and natural resources conservation. During her time at UMass she became involved in the Paige Warren lab as a field and lab research assistant focusing on a declining song bird species called the Wood Thrush. As her passion for environmental research grew she completed her honors thesis on the topic. While Anna took a large variety of courses in college, classes such as “Fish Conservation and Management” opened her eyes to the exciting world of aquatic ecosystems. She soon received her advanced open water SCUBA certification as well as her EMT certification.

After she studied abroad in Tübingen, Germany, Anna returned to UMass and became a peer advisor for the International Programs Office where she worked to create a welcoming and helpful environment for students planning to studying abroad. During her time in this position she created an initiative to educate students on the realities of voluntourism to help her peers get involved in their host countries in a responsible and sustainable way.

Outside of school, Anna became a program assistant at The Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization offering STEM courses for K-12 students. While at the Innovation Institute, she wrote lesson plans and was able to act as a teaching assistant in many classes.

Anna is beyond excited to help students grow and learn on South Caicos.