Samara I. Hamzé
- 1993 B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. (majors in International Studies and French Literature (Honors Thesis: “Women’s Health in Tunisia: 1946 – Present”)).
- 1998 M.S. East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. (Biology; concentration in plant ecology).
Current Courses Taught
- Environmental Studies 120
Awards and Honors
- April 1997 E.P. Odum Award for best student paper, Association of Southeastern Biologists Conference.
- April 1997 Phi Kappa Phi.
- 1996 Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
- 1996 Mary C. Helms graduate student award.
- November 1995 Phi Eta Sigma, International Honor Society.
- 1997 Research grant for “Effects of the invasive alien Gypsophilia paniculataand weed control measures on the population dynamics of Cirsium pitcheri“. The Nature Conservancy.
- 1997 Research grant for “Effects of baby’s breath control measures on the population dynamics of the Great Lakes endemic, Pitcher’s thistle”. Southern Appalacian Botanical Society.
- 1997 Grants-in-Aid for “Effects of a weedy invasive and its control measures on the federally threatened Great Lakes endemic, Pitcher’s thistle”. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Recent Publications and Presentations
- Jolls, C.L., Hamzé, S.I. and J. Marick. (in prep). Population demography of the globally rare Cirsium pitcheri and effects of controlling the invasiveGypsophila paniculata.
- Menges, E. S., C. W. Weekley, S. I. Hamze, and R. L. Pickert. 2007. Soil preferences for federally-listed plants on the Lake Wales Ridge in Highlands County, Florida. Florida Scientist 70:24-39.
- Menges, E.S., E.O. Guerrant Jr., and S. Hamze. 2004. Effects of seed collection on the extinction risk of perennial plants. Pages 305-324 in E.O. Guerrant Jr., K. Havens, and M. Maunder (editors). Ex Situ Plant Conservation: Supporting Species Survival in the Wild. Island Press. 504 pp.
- Hamzé, S. I. and C. L. Jolls. 2000. Seed burial and seedling emergence of a threatened Great Lakes endemic, Cirsium pitcheri. American Midland Naturalist 143: 141-153.
- Jolls, C. L., S. I. Hamzé, T. S. Lin, J. A. Johnston. 1998. Population and reproductive ecology of three rare plants of the Great Lakes dune ecosystem. Presented at the 25th annual Natural Areas Association conference.
- Hamzé, S. I. 1998. Population demography and seed and seedling ecology of the Great Lakes endemic, Pitcher’s thistle (Cirsium pitcheri, Asteraceae). M. S. thesis. East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
- Hamzé, S. I. and C. L. Jolls. 1997. The distribution of seedlings of the Great Lakes endemic Cirsium pitcheri. Association of Southeastern Biologists Bulletin 44: 126.
- Jolls, C. L. and S. I. Hamzé. 1996. Seed and seedling ecology of the endemic dune plant, Cirsium pitcheri. Report submitted to Michigan DNR, Natural Heritage Grant Program.
- Demography and seed ecology of a Great Lakes endemic, Pitcher’s thistle (Asteraceae). 1999. Invited seminar, Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, Fla.
- What it takes to be a beach bum: adaptations of a native plant to lacustrine dunes. 1998. Invited seminar, Department of Biology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.
- Seed dormancy and seedling emergence of the Great Lakes endemic, Cirsium pitcheri (Asteraceae). 1997. Presented at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America, Montréal, Québec.
Areas of Interest
- Plant collection, identification, and mounting.
- GIS, including extensive use of Trimble GPS in the field, and ArcView and ArcInfo in the lab.
- Fluent in Arabic and French. Conversational Spanish.