I'm Samantha-Lynn (she/her), an undergraduate student at the University of Washington studying Evolution, Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Marine Biology.
Whether it's through filmmaking, photography, or design, I believe that communicating science AND stories in a beautiful yet effective way is critical in our societies today. If we can get someone to empathize with a new character or issue through the power of story, the solutions are already on their way with a newly-committed heart aware of the cause!
I've worked on multimedia productions ranging from camera/film to illustration and design. My training as a marine ecologist and ample time on research vessels make me comfortable working on boats of all kinds and in remote locations without service/signal.
I'm incredibly thankful that I get to combine all my creative passions with science here and I can't wait to see what's next, or what WE can make together :)
You can view the rest of my bio including positions, projects, features, and more below.
Photo Credit: Jillian Miller
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Sony A7IV Camera, DJI RS3 Gimbal, DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone, RODE Wireless PRO Mics, Benro Fluid Head Tripod, Macbook Pro 2020, iPad Air 4th Gen, GoPro Hero 9
Nikon D5300, Nikon D500,
RED Camera Brains (Komodo, Komodo-X, V-Raptor, V-Raptor Rhino S35)
Basecamp, Monday, Slack
Final Cut Pro X
Adobe Premiere Pro
OBS / Streamlabs
Logic Pro X
"There are very few students I’ve met who so clearly know what they need to be doing, while also surrounding themselves with positivity, wonderful people, and awesome opportunities."
Dr. Oliver Fraser, Teaching Professor @ UW Astronomy and UW Honors
"Samantha is a fantastic speaker, educator, video producer, and ichthyologist... Based on my experience working with Samantha, I look forward to the prospect of doing this again."
Dr. Luke Tornabene, Curator of Fishes @ the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
More about my academic journey and goals for the future
Hopes & Future Projects
indicates near-future or actively working on it*
I would love to...
Academics & Education
Finish Undergraduate at UW...
Major in Biology (emphasis on Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation) and Minor in Marine Biology*
Gain experience in all STEM and Comms sectors possible within my program range
Engage in plenty of lab and fieldwork experiences
Attend Grad School for a communications degree of some kind...
Possibly attend UWE to attain a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking
Work in video, design, or communications/marketing at an environmental education facility or organization. Places like aquariums, museums, local education orgs etc.
Design exhibit graphics or promotional material
Create curriculum support material like Lesson Plans and Worksheets for students engaged in environmental learning and programming
Engage with Science Communication fellowships in Marine/Wildlife Fields...
Work on the E/V Nautilus as Video Engineer Intern
STEM & other Research
Assist in ecology research or outreach/education programming surrounding Local PNW wildlife/Marine life or Philippine wildlife conservation
Launch my own ecology monitoring program on a local PNW species or species of concern
Work on the E/V Nautilus as a Life Sciences Intern
Stay engaged with Puget Sound Underwater LIVE! as a MarSci Interpreter and incorporate research equipment and experiments into our launches.
Places I have my Eyes on for Comms and STEM
Seattle Aquarium, SeaLife Response Rehab Research (SR3), Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center, the Salish Sea School, Pacific Marine Mammal Research (PacMam), Sustainability Ambassadors, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium (and MBARI) , Philippine Eagle Foundation, Ocean Exploration Trust, E/V Nautilus, and many more!