Samantha Forde, Ph.D.
Samantha Forde is a program officer with the Marine Microbiology Initiative.
Samantha joined the Foundation with over 10 years of experience as a researcher and educator. She is a broadly trained biologist, with interdisciplinary expertise in evolutionary ecology (including phage), statistics, mathematics, molecular biology, and systems biology. Previously, Samantha was a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz and co-founded Women Evolving Biological Sciences, a professional development program for early-career women biologists, funded by the National Science Foundation. She was also involved with Cal Teach, a California-wide initiative to increase the number of qualified science and math teachers in public schools.
Samantha earned a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from UC Santa Cruz, and conducted her postdoctoral research in microbial ecology and evolution at Stanford University.