Research AssociateSamantha.Leivers@ag.tamu.edu (979) 845-1851 Curriculum Vitae
Samantha joined Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute in October 2018 as a research associate. As part of the bat research team, her current research is focused on understanding the susceptibility of Texas winter-roosting bats to white-nose syndrome, a disease that has caused the deaths of millions of hibernating bats. She and her colleagues have documented bat winter activity, species composition, distribution and the environmental conditions of roost sites across Texas.
Prior to joining the institute, Samantha completed a postdoctoral position with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research whereby her research focused on the captive breeding and reintroduction of the endangered Pacific pocket mouse. She holds a PhD in Animal Biology from the University of Western Australia (2015), an MSc in Animal Behavior from the University of Exeter, UK (2010) and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Kent, UK (2008). Originally from Cambridge, UK, Samantha has conducted lab and fieldwork across the UK, Africa, Australia and the United States.
In her free time, Samantha enjoys socializing with friends, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Drew and her giant schnoodle, Comanche.