Samantha Brown first joined WEST as a field technician conducting aerial prairie-chicken surveys and pre- and post-construction avian surveys before advancing to a field coordinator position based in the Corvallis, Oregon office. Samantha received her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 2012 and M.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine in 2017. Her graduate degree focused on ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) population dynamics and habitat selection in Maine. Samantha has a diverse background in wildlife ecology with an emphasis on gamebird ecology.
Samantha spent several years in New Mexico and Arizona, where she had the pleasure of working with NMSU faculty on a burrowing owl study, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on wetland restoration along the Rio Grande River, and the Hummingbird Monitoring Network. Samantha then spent eight months in Nevada working for the U.S. Geological Survey conducting a large demographic study on greater sage-grouse before moving to Maine where she helped on a saw-whet owl monitoring project.