Samantha Burdick joined the ECC team as a Community Planner in May of 2018. Sam is a recent graduate from Duke University’s Marine Laboratory where she completed her Masters in Environmental Management. Sam has a professional background in coastal environmental management, and most recently worked as a researcher for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve studying coastal resiliency and the effects of shoreline hardening on salt marsh ecosystems.
Additionally, Sam has an extensive background in community outreach, primarily through her work as an Outreach Coordinator for the Duke Community Science Initiative and a Global Ambassador for the Plastic Ocean Project, which often involved communication and dissemination of scientific information to the public. Throughout her academic career, Sam has studied the science, policy, and management of environmental issues that afflict Eastern North Carolina, including coastal resiliency, water quality, and natural resource management. Sam also has an extensive background in geospatial analysis, and hopes to utilize this skill in various contexts including stormwater mapping. Sam has always had a passion for how people interact with their environment and hopes to address pertinent issues by working directly with communities throughout the region.