Samantha Sullivan – Water Pollution Biologist

This is an interview with an amazing person that’s great at her job, Samantha Sullivan. My family and I had the pleasure of meeting her on a hot summer day in a river. Samantha and the Clarion University biology research team taught us how to find, tag, and check their health and sex, and release hellbenders back into the wild. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from this experience. Where do you work and reside? – Department of Environmental Protection; Oil and Gas Program and Wampum, PA in Beaver County.   What is your educational background? -I graduated from Allegheny Clarion Valley in 2009 and received my bachelor’s in Biology at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2013.   What was your life like growing up? – I grew up in Clarion County in the little town of Turkey City. I was and still am very close to my family. A lot of our hobbies growing up revolved around the outdoors (i.e. fishing, hunting, and camping). Growing up I spent most of my time outside playing in the stream/woods behind our house, walking around the neighborhood with friends, cruising around on a four-wheeler, and spending the summer months at our family camp down along the Clarion River.   Did you have a nickname? If so, how did it come about? -My nickname is really just a name derived from my first name: Sammy   What are you currently reading? Why? -I am currently reading the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. In the past few years my fiancé and I have gotten into hiking. Specifically, backcountry/through hiking. Where we pack up all our gear and our...