Scientific Staff

Samantha Panock

Research Assistant I

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Samantha’s knowledge about the evolution and conservation of trees helps her support the Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science.

An environmental scientist with a plant ecology background, Samantha’s research includes urban ecology, ornithology, and studying both the above and below-ground functions of different tree species and how they may respond to significant environmental pressures, including climate change.

She is currently helping to implement a ‘tree observatory’ platform to enable the simultaneous collection of many different types of data on tree behavior, growth, and status.

Samantha’s research on plant ecology has been published in the ecology journal Global Change Biology.

In 2017, her research on biodiversity won Loyola University’s outstanding undergraduate research award.

Samantha also completed a one-year program with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where she studied atmospheric chemistry and reviewed federal air quality regulations. She has several publications in the Federal Register.


BS, Environmental Science

Loyola University
Chicago, IL

BA, Environmental Policy

Loyola University
Chicago, IL