Samantha Young

Blogger Profile: Samantha Young

Samantha Young is a research technician in the Conservation Education Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Samantha earned a bachelor of arts in biological anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, and then went on to complete her masters of science in evolutionary biology at San Diego State University, where she studied the evolution of baleen whales. Her background in and passion for studying wildlife and working with people has been applied throughout a wide variety of scientific experiences and over 14 years of teaching. This ultimately culminated in landing her dream job with the Conservation Education Division. Samantha spends her time working with students, teachers, and community members in southern California and Peru, teaching about conservation biology and the latest research by the Institute.
Vaquita: The Most Endangered Marine Mammal

Vaquita: The Most Endangered Marine Mammal

On the eastern side of the Baja peninsula in the northern Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) exists the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The vaquita marina Phocoena sinus, a type of porpoise, is inadvertently caught in nets intended for fish and shrimp…   read more

Across the Pacific in 60 Days

Across the Pacific in 60 Days

I have the privilege of coordinating the human dimension of Andean bear conservation in Peru, which I visit about twice a year to train local coordinators and implement community-based conservation programs…   read more

Building Conservation Foundation by Training Teachers in Peru

Building Conservation Foundation by Training Teachers in Peru

Forty-six! That’s how many teachers attended our recent environmental education professional development workshops, in collaboration with the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society, in Peru.   read more

Can Cute Trinkets Save Andean Bears?

Can Cute Trinkets Save Andean Bears?

Bear with me as I make this profound statement: It’s incredibly satisfying to see something you’ve put a lot of effort into succeed. Sound the gongs, because they might need to write a book about that one!   read more

Scientific Concepts for Non-scientists

Scientific Concepts for Non-scientists

I am optimistic that local knowledge and their receptivity to new ideas will combine to help ensure the success of our Andean bear conservation project.   read more