Samara I. Hamzé

  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.

Grants Awarded

  • 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.