Hi and welcome to my portfolio! Here you will find several samples of my work, featured by subject matter. As you will see, I have written about a variety of subjects throughout my 20-plus year career, including Health, Wellness & Spirituality; Corporate and IT; Science, and Editorial Blogs.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Samantha is a Biologist, Writer, Editor, Storyteller, and Communications Specialist. She spent 13 years as a Senior Science Writer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where she wrote proposals, stories, and web articles for several space missions, including Cassini, Titan, Rosetta, and the Mars Insight mission, among others. She also played a key role as an Astrobiology Consultant for the Cassini mission and co-wrote a science & literacy STEM education program for students in grades 1-3 and 4-8.
Prior to her role at the laboratory, she was at National Geographic, where she contributed as a writer for the magazine in the areas of Primate Ecology & Wildlife Biology, and was Head of Research & Communications for a program on the National Geographic Channel.
Samantha has more than 25 years of experience as a scientist and science writer in the areas of astrobiology, wildlife biology, and ecology; and as a public relations professional, adept at writing effective marketing and strategic communications plans. Recognizing the importance of effective communication in technical fields, she has a unique background, combining public relations, marketing, and writing with science research. Throughout her career, she has won a variety of awards, in the areas of public interest writing, consulting & wildlife stewardship. She has also won several "Excellence in Science Writing" awards, including one for the Cassini Mission and two for the laboratory's Solar System Exploration website.
She holds a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Writing and Public Communication from American University. She completed her graduate research in Primate Ecology in the rainforests of western Costa Rica, where she spent a year studying Mantled Howler (Alouatta palliata) and White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus) monkeys.
An avid student and observer of the physical world and its connection with spiritual and metaphysical realms, her writing has expanded; focusing on bridging the gap between Science & Spirituality. In addition to science and corporate blogs, her writing also covers topics such as health & wellness, personal development, energy/crystal healing, ascension, astrology, holistic healing, and more.
Outside of her writing career, Samantha lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, and is the proud parent of a teenage daughter, four dogs, and a turtle. She is a huge animal lover and loves sports, music, and humor as it pertains to pop culture. Originally from New York, Samantha is also a concert-level pianist, graduating from the Juilliard School in 1987.
In 2017, she founded Alchemy63, a health and wellness business that combines patent-pending scientific techniques with spiritual practices to create handmade, frequency-infused 'wearable healing' jewelry and other products designed to raise vibrations and connect to the higher self.
For more information about Alchemy63, her healing jewelry, and other products, please visit the Alchemy63 website.