Samantha is an undergraduate student at San Diego State University. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in biology with an emphasis in ecology, she is also completing a minor in anthropology. Samantha works as a student research assistant in an ecology lab where she studies the effects of fire and bison on arthropods in tallgrass prairies. Samantha also does volunteer work at The Water Conservation Garden where she tends to the butterfly pavilion and informs visitors on the different species of butterflies that are raised in the pavilion. Samantha enjoys studying endangered species and community ecology which contribute to her passion for conservation.