Samantha Alford is a M.S. student in the department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. She grew up in the Shenandoah Valley where her passion for the outdoors lead her to pursue a career in natural resources management. She graduated from Juniata College in 2014 with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation. Since graduation, she worked two consecutive summers in Alaska studying hatchery-wild interactions of salmon and another summer in Virginia monitoring brook trout populations.
Samantha’s research interests include environmental and anthropogenic impacts on fish assemblages, native and non-native species interactions, and populations dynamics of native fish. Currently, her research at the University of Wyoming is focused on movement and recolonization dynamics of mottled sculpin and mountain sucker in the Wyoming Range.