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Samantha Fino

Sam Fino, PhD with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse.


Sam is from southwestern Connecticut and graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology in 2015. She went on to receive her MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University in 2017 where she studied the effect of the small mammal community on spatiotemporal distributions of blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease prevalence on Fort Drum Military Installation, NY. During her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she participated in various projects, such as those that involved bioenergetics for wintering black ducks, mesocarnivore occupancy, fawn mortality, and monitoring the movements of black rhinos in South Africa. Currently, Sam is working towards a PhD researching waterfowl nestling survival and predator community ecology with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 119


Contact Information


South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute