Samantha Oester

Haymarket, VA, US
Field of Work 
Biology
Company 
George Mason University
Job Title or "Student" 
Conservation Biologist/Environmental Scientist
Education 
George Mason University
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I am a conservation biologist and environmental scientist working with George Mason University and several non-profits. I am also a Ph.D. student at GMU, furthering my education and research opportunities. As an environmental scientist, I work in the fields of biology, ecology, education and policy. I've done research locally, in the DC area, as well as the Amazon, Galapagos, Antarctica and other conservation hot spots.

I grew up in West Virginia, and the outdoors played a big part in my childhood. I've always loved forests and wildlife. I worked for a period of time as a journalist and policy analyst (after a fun stint in the professional theater world). I used communication and the media as my means of trying to save the environment and help bring about important change. I worked closely with scientists to communicate their work and ideas, and decided I'd love doing the research with them, rather than just writing about it. I went back to school and studied conservation biology at GMU.

We are all so closely tied to nature and the environment. Many STEM fields involve environmental science, and there are many careers out there for people passionate about the environment. I absolutely love my field in particular; who wouldn't love climbing waterfalls, digging in the dirt, playing with insects, saving cute mammals and exploring forests while giving back to the world?
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Pets, Dance, Poetry, Reading, Travel, Sports, Acting
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Availability 
No Preference
Program Affiliation 
None

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