Owner, GIS and Research Consultant
Black Cat GIS was founded by Amanda Hackney to provide Solutions to the geospatial demands of the conservation and business communities. Ms. Hackney has over 10 years of experience in the natural resources and GIS fields.
A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Amanda grew up in the agriculture industry on a cattle and poultry farm. She double majored in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and Animal Science at Louisiana State University. After graduation she spent two years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. While in Virginia she worked on a variety of coastal projects- gaining experience with shorebirds, waterbirds, invasive plant species, GIS and GPS field work and diamondback terrapin ecology. This work led to her enrolling in graduate school at Clemson University. She received her Master's degree in Wildlife Biology in 2010 with research focused on spatially modeling diamondback terrapin nest predation risk.
After a brief stint at in the Fort Worth Zoo Education Department, she went to work for Audubon Texas as first their Coastal Program Manager and later as Senior Coastal Conservation Biologist. While at Audubon she became an expert in colonial waterbirds, worked on multiple coastal restoration projects, promoted conservation based education programs and completed many GIS analyses of colonial waterbird rookeries and coastal erosion. In 2016 she left Audubon to found Black Cat.
Amanda is happiest outdoors, preferably on a horse or on the water.