Born and raised in Northern NJ with the Appalachian Trail in her backyard, Samantha developed a love for nature early on. She went to Gettysburg College in Southern PA where she received a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Some of her research includes studying the effects of drones on songbirds and examining the effectiveness of sustainable fishery regulations in Mexico. During her time in Gettysburg, she worked on multiple community farms which sparked her interest in food justice, global food systems, and permaculture. After college, she traveled through Western Europe, South America, and the U.S. before working at a wolf sanctuary in Colorado. Last year Samantha served as the Natural Resource Educator for Transylvania Cooperative Extension and Conserving Carolina. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, gardening, reading, and climbing.