Sam Chambers is a Geographer with the Western Geographic Science Center and is located in Tucson, AZ.
Sam uses geospatial and biological modeling and analyses to inform land managers on how human infrastructure may affect habitat connectivity, wildlife movement, and the energy expenditure of animals. Sam is currently studying habitat fragmentation as it relates to the physiological requirements of wildlife in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Tamaulipas. He is also continuing his work measuring the socio-ecological impacts of oil, gas, and solar developments in the Western U.S. In his previous studies, Sam developed predictive models to better map the caloric cost of mule deer and jaguar traversing heterogenous terrain, in Utah and Arizona respectively.
2020 - Current: Geographer, Western Geographic Science Center (WGSC), U.S. Geological Survey
2018 - 2020: Research Associate, Geography and Regional Development, University of Arizona
2016 - 2018: Research Assistant Professor, Planning, University of Arizona
2015 - 2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. - 2015 – Arid Lands Resource Sciences – University of Arizona
M.S. - 2011 – Forest Resources - Clemson University
B.S. - 2006 - Forestry - University of Idaho