User:Samantha J. McCabe

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Samantha J. McCabe
  • Samantha J. McCabe
  • Ohio State University
  • Riffe Building 936


  • 2017-Pres, MS in Environmental Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Advisor Dr. Virginia Rich

  • 2013-2016, BS in Environmental and Ecological Science, minor Political Science, Elon University, Elon, NC.

Advisor Dr. Brant Touchette

  • 2016, Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, The School for Field Studies, Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

Advisor Dr. Cinda P Scott

Research Interests

Panama Rainforest

The biology and ecology of aquatic and marine ecosystems, with particular interest in how aquatic and wetland plants respond to environmental change and anthropogenic perturbations.

  • 2017-Pres, C:N:P ratios and plant biomass in a subarctic peatland, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
  • 2015-2016, Aquatic plant ecophysiology, Elon University, Elon, NC.
  • 2016, Sea urchin thermal tolerance, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
  • 2016, Coastal mangrove zooplankton communities, School for Field Studies, Bocas Del Toro, Panama.

Current Project

Information to come


  • Touchette, B.W., Nighswander, G., McCabe, S., Kneppers, M. (In Prep). Diurnal variations in photosystem II performance in emergent wetland plants (Eleocharis quadrangulata, Ludwigia peploides, Sagittaria latifolia) is largely driven by environmental temperatures.
  • Collin, R., Rendina, F., Goodwin, V., McCabe, S. (In Prep). Thermal Tolerance and Thermal Performance Curves Show That Caribbean Sea Urchins Live Near the Optimal Temperatures for Performance.

Honors and Awards

  • Magna Cum Laude, Elon University
  • Red Oak Award: Outstanding Graduate in Environmental Studies, Elon University
  • Kappa Alpha Omicron, Environmental Honors Society
  • Student Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Scholar, Elon University
  • Emily M. & Kelsey A. Edwards Endowed Scholarship, Elon University
  • New York Times Scholarship, New York Times
  • Photography awards and publications