Samantha Foster, Biologist, Herpetologist and Educator. Samantha is one of those people who started pursuing a new career after realizing just how passionate she is about protecting natural resources. She returned to college at UW-Whitewater as a wife and young mother to study biology and education. Samantha developed a love for turtles after being privileged to work on several studies with the threatened Blanding’s Turtle. She is currently working on several projects with this species in southern Wisconsin. She has been actively working to gain expertise in the field of restoration ecology. Samantha substitute teacher and a volunteer conservation biologist, cooperating with the WDNR’s Bureau of Endangered Resources on three rare turtle recovery programs.