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Forde, Ph.D

Program Officer, Marine Microbiology Initiative

As part of foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative, Samantha works to increase our understanding of microbial ecology and evolution through a combination of strategic planning, grant development and portfolio management. She also manages a variety of other activities outside of the Marine Microbiology Initiative efforts that are part of the Science Program.

Samantha is a broadly trained biologist with expertise in evolutionary ecology, benthic marine ecology and microbial ecology and evolution. She holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her research focuses on understanding coevolution using microbial model systems of bacteria and bacteriophage. Samantha is a co-founder of Women Evolving Biological Sciences, a professional development program for early-career women biologists funded by the National Science Foundation. 

Samantha earned a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from University of California, Santa Cruz, and conducted her postdoctoral research in microbial ecology and evolution at Stanford University.

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