Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Staff Member


Samantha Fino

Sam Fino, PhD with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse.

Email: samantha.fino@sdstate.edu

Biography

Sam is from southwestern Connecticut and graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology in 2015. She went on to receive her MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University in 2017 where she studied the effect of the small mammal community on spatiotemporal distributions of blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease prevalence on Fort Drum Military Installation, NY. During her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she participated in various projects, such as those that involved bioenergetics for wintering black ducks, mesocarnivore occupancy, fawn mortality, and monitoring the movements of black rhinos in South Africa. Currently, Sam is working towards a PhD researching waterfowl nestling survival and predator community ecology with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University.

Research Publications Publication Date
Fino, S., J.D. Stafford, A.T. Pearse, and J.A. Jenks. 2019. Incidental captures of Plains Spotted Skunks (Spilogale putorius interrupta) in central South Dakota. The Prairie Naturalist 51:33-36. 2019-10-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Fino, S.R., J.D. Stafford, A.T. Pearse, and J.A. Jenks. 2017. Predator community and duck nest success in eastern South Dakota. CRU Annual Meeting. Brookings, SD, 24 October 2017. 2017-10-24
Fino, S.R., J.D. Stafford, A.T. Pearse, J.A. Jenks, and R.C. Lonsinger. 2019. Relating predator community dynamics and duck nest survival in eastern South Dakota. North American Duck Symposium. Winnipeg, Manitoba, 26-30 August 2019. 2019-08-30
Fino, S. R., J. D. Stafford, A. T. Pearse, J. A. Jenks, and R. C. Lonsinger. Relating predator community dynamics and duck nest survival in eastern South Dakota. South Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, South Dakota. 26 February 2018. 2018-02-26
Fino, S. R., J. D. Stafford, A. T. Pearse, J. A. Jenks, and R. C. Lonsinger. Relating predator community dynamics and duck nest survival in eastern South Dakota. 78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 30 January 2018. 2018-01-30