Samantha received both her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Animal Production Systems with a minor in Biology in 2013 and her Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences in 2015 from Tarleton State University. While at TSU, her thesis research focused on inhibiting stable fly development in dairy cattle manure. Samantha is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the AgriLife Tick Research Laboratory under Dr. Pete Teel. Her research interests include but are not limited to the biology, ecology, and management of arthropods and diseases effecting humans, livestock, wildlife and companion animals. Her dissertation topic focuses on the integrated tick management of the winter tick, Dermacentor albipictus, in grazing cattle systems.