Samantha Zwicker is the co-founder and visionary behind 501c3 nonprofit Hoja Nueva as well as the co-founder and conservation director of Fashion for Conservation. She is currently both a Ph.D. student and NIH Global Health Fellow through the University of Washington researching ecology, conservation, and zoonoses.
Samantha received her bachelor’s with honors from the University’s Program on the Environment in 2012, her master’s in wildlife ecology in June of 2015, and a degree in Nonprofit Management in 2016 through the Evans School. In addition to teaching environmental science courses at the University of Washington, she is President of the National Forestry Honors Society (Alpha Chapter), a term member of the renowned Explorers Club, and mentor to over 20 undergraduate and graduate students in research worldwide.
In addition to spearheading Hoja Nueva’s projects within the Amazonian rainforests and communities of Madre de Dios, Peru, several of her research projects involve assessing the effects of land use change on felids and their prey using in-situ observation and camera trapping, estimating densities of regional jaguar populations, reintroducing threatened species to the wild, and studying the prevalence and risk factor of tungiasis in Madre de Dios. EMAIL