Samantha Kahl is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management. A Tennessee-based wildlife biologist and natural resource planner, she officially stepped into new her teaching and research post on Jan. 1. The St. Louis native is particularly interested in landscape and habitat planning, human dimensions, invasive species management, wildlife conservation and herpetology. In the past her research has focused on wildlife habitat and connectivity modeling for highway planning in the Cherokee National Forest, and habitat suitability modeling for the invasive brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis). One of her primary goals at Texas Tech is to carry out research on regional landscape and habitat planning and management with studies on climate change, urban ecology, and human dimensions.
Prior to joining the Texas Tech faculty, Kahl worked in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee through the Southern Appalachian Research Branch of the United States Geological Survey. She also worked as a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, as well as a graduate teaching assistant and vivarium assistant at St. Louis University. She received her bachelor’s degrees from Blackburn College (Carlinville, Ill.), and her master’s from St. Louis University. Her doctorate in wildlife science is from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is a member of The Wildlife Society. Awards for Kahl include a Quail Unlimited Wildlife Research Scholarship (2009, 2010), Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and Engineering Fellowship (2008, 2009, 2010), and Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Department of Agriculture (2008).