Joining Frost Science in 2015, Samantha Arner is responsible for the well-being of our resident birds of prey used in educational programming, as well as our raptor rehabilitation patients, many of whom we release back into the wild. Arner graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences and a minor in marine sciences. As an undergraduate she worked at a wildlife rehabilitation hospital, assisting in basic medical procedures, and went on to intern at Shavers Creek Environmental Center where she cared for as many as 13 different bird of prey species. In 2013 she relocated to Florida where she volunteered with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples as both an environmental educator and animal hospital staff. Additionally, Arner gained experience with the Conservancy’s science department as a sea turtle nesting research intern, where she was responsible for tagging mother turtles, protecting nests and helping lost hatchlings to sea.