Faculty Experts - Samantha Chapman, Ph.D.

Hibba Abugideiri, Ph.D.

Samantha Chapman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Area of Expertise:

  • Biodiversity Loss
  • Invasive Species
  • Fire and Insect Damage to Ecosystems
  • Carbon Storage and Sequestration


Climate change, encroaching development, and accelerating environmental degradation of natural habitats pose a serious threat to an increasing number of plant and animal species. Dr. Chapman researches and can discuss leading issues and possible solutions to reversing biodiversity loss.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Ph. D., Northern Arizona University
  • M.S., Northern Arizona University
  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications

  • Coldren, G.A. C. Barreto*, D. Wykoff, E. Morrissey, J.A. Langley, I.C. Feller, S.K. Chapman. 2016. Chronic warming stimulates growth of marsh grasses more than mangroves in a coastal wetland ecotone. Ecology http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/ecy.1539
  • Megonigal, J.P. S.K. Chapman, S. Crooks, P. Dijkstra, M. Kirwan, J.A. Langley 2016. Impacts and effects of ocean warming on tidal marsh and tidal freshwater forest ecosystems. In: Laffoley, D., & Baxter, J.M. (editors). Explaining ocean warming: Causes, scale, effects and consequences. Full report. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. pp. 105-120.
  • Chapman, S.K. K.A. Devine**, C. Curran**, R.O. Jones* and F.S. Gilliam. 2016.
  • Impacts of soil nitrogen and carbon additions on forest understory communities with a nitrogen long-deposition history. Ecosystems 19: 142-154 DOI 10.1007/s10021-015-9922-5
  • Chapman, S.K., H. Tran, and C. L. Doughty. 2014. Climate adaptation at Kennedy Space Center: How Can Wetlands Help NASA Adapt to Warming Temperature and Rising Seas? Wetland Science and Practice 31(2): 6-8.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Research Assistant, Johnson and Johnson, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Drug Discovery

Selected Research

  • NASA ROSES with I.C. Feller, J.A. Langley and W. Walker. “Mangroves marching northward: the impacts of rising seas and temperatures on ecosystems at Kennedy Space Center.” 2012-2015. Extension to 2016.
  • USDA Forest Service RSJVA with J. Hom. Interactions of invasive insects, wildfire and climate change: Mechanisms, processes and adaptations on forest productivity, composition and decline. 2010-2014. 
  • Co-PI NSF RAPID with J.A. Langley. Manipulating plant and microbial resource environment to optimize oil degradation in coastal marshes. 2010-2012.
  •  USDA-CSREES-NRI Managed Ecosystems with J.A. Langley. “Christmas Trees and Soil Carbon Storage: Maximizing Ecosystem Management and Sustainability in A Future Carbon Economy.” 2008-2010, extension to 2012.

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