Samuel Campbell

Samuel Campbell

Year: 2019-2020
Nominating Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Interest: Environment (Climate Change, Conservation, etc.)
Placement Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society Vietnam
Placement Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

About Samuel

Sam has a lifelong passion for international wildlife conservation. He is constantly striving to understand the challenges threatening a species’ survival and the solutions that different regions have found to counter these challenges. He has witnessed firsthand the effects of rampant poaching on elephant populations in Tanzania fueled by demand for ivory in Asia. He has worked with a community-led nature reserve in Costa Rica, where forward-thinking government policy powerfully combines with citizen engagement to protect key habitats. He has worked on ranches in rural Wyoming, where conservation-minded landowners use ecotourism to make the preservation of large tracts of wilderness economically viable.  At the University of Virginia, Sam studied the human side of the conservation equation with majors in Global Development Studies and French. He worked in Tanzania over the course of five summers, first as an English teacher in partnership with Tanzanian NGO Carpenter’s Kids, and later as a UVa-funded water purification researcher. In 2015 he led a team of fellow students in introducing the MadiDrop, a household water purification device. Sam’s team returned in 2016 to find that many of the families were seeing improvements in their health, thanks both to MadiDrops and the team’s community workshops on safe water practices and sanitation. With the goal of becoming fluent in French and studying international politics, Sam spent his third year as an exchange student at Sciences Po in Paris, France. At the end of his year in Paris, he served as an English-French translator at the international conference of PROLINNOVA in Senegal, an NGO promoting agricultural innovations by small-scale farmers across Africa and Asia. Returning to UVa for his fourth year, Sam wrote his Global Development Studies thesis on human-elephant conflict in eastern and southern Africa. After graduation, Sam worked as a horse wrangler at the A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming to better understand the role that environmental tourism plays in land and wildlife conservation in the western United States. Beginning in 2018, Sam worked with PRA Health Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina, a leading pharmaceutical research company conducting clinical trials for new drugs around the world. As a Luce Scholar, Sam is placed with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Hanoi, Vietnam. He works with both the Policy Influencing and Law Enforcement Assistance teams on counter-wildlife trafficking. Sam’s long-term career goal is to design international conservation policy for an organization such as CITES. In the near-term, he plans to gain grassroots experience investigating the wildlife trade in Asia and working on community conservation programs in sub-Saharan Africa before pursuing a master’s in conservation governance. (1/2020)
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