BS Environmental Science and BA Environmental Policy, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL
Samantha is a research assistant for Dr. Chuck Cannon in the Center of Tree Science at The Morton Arboretum. As an environmental scientist with a plant ecology background, Samantha’s general research focus is on evolution and conservation of trees. This includes studying both aboveground and belowground characteristics and functions of different tree species and how they may react and adapt to major environmental changes and climate changes. A major project she is working on in the ongoing implementation of a “tree observatory” platform for the simultaneous collection of many different types of data on tree behavior, growth, and status. Samatha also has interests in urban ecology and ornithology.
Samantha conducted research in a variety of environmental science disciplines during her undergraduate career. These disciplines include plant ecology, soil ecology, eco-toxicity, biodiversity, and ornithology. Some of Samantha’s plant ecology research has been published in the ecology journal Global Change Biology. Her biodiversity research won the university outstanding undergraduate research award in 2017. Samantha also completed a one year program with the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she studied atmospheric chemistry and reviewed federal air quality regulations. She has several publications in the Federal Register.