Nomi Samuel


Personal Summary

A Fisheries and Wildlife E-campus Student at Oregon State University with excellent work ethic and compassion for marine and freshwater fishes. Skills acquired while handling and acclimating specimens for retail, serving as a volunteer with the Marine and Science Technology Center, and interning with the South African Shark Conservancy. Proficient in tank servicing, employing varying capture methods, tagging, collecting fin clips, and data entry. These skills have created a driven individual that is compassionate about ethical animal care, conservation of fishes, and educating the public on marine and freshwater species roles and importance.


B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Oregon State University, June 2020

A.S. Biology, Pierce Community College, June 2017

Relevant Experience

Intern, South African Shark Conservancy, August 2019 – October 2019

  • Maintenanced open saltwater systems
  • Conducted public outreach and educational lab tours
  • Created a research project to compare the effects of capture and handling stress induced by different capture methods on dark shysharks (Haploblepharus pictus)
  • Employed capture methods such as hand-lining, long-lining, and snorkeling
  • Completed data entry and analysis of BRUV footage
  • Presented scientific papers, a research proposal, and research findings

Freshwater Department Manager, Aquarium Paradise, September 2018 – August 2019

  • Maintained and constructed synthetic freshwater systems
  • Identified several tropical marine and freshwater fishes and invertebrates
  • Educated customers on the physiology, behavior, and habitat preference of tropical freshwater and marine fishes and invertebrates
  • Diagnosed diseases, bacterial, and fungal infections

Amphibian Monitoring Volunteer, Northwest Trek/Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, February 2019 – August 2019

  • Marked GPS locations of amphibian egg masses in ponds and lakes using UTMs
  • Collected data on the abundance of amphibian egg masses 
  • Hiked and waded through rough terrain to reach mitigation site ponds and lakes

Field Sampling Student, Fisheries and Wildlife Science 255, Oregon State University, October – December 2019

  • Critically reviewed scientific literature for application to the study design
  • Constructed a 3-month study on population monitoring of aquatic insects in diverse water quality measures
  • Utilized basic statistical methods to analyze data
  • Presented the results and importance of the study to support future management decisions using Microsoft PowerPoint

Jellyfish Volunteer, Marine Science and Technology Center: Highline Community College, May – July 2017

  • Cultivated captive Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita), brine shrimp (Artemia), and rotifer (Rotifera) populations
  • Maintained captive populations by conducting water changes and testing water quality

Additional Experience

Volunteer, Metro Animal Services, September 2013 – September 2016

  • Collected information from databases to match future owners with animals
  • Strengthened relationship with the community through education on the laws associated with animal care 


  • Oregon State University Dean’s List, Fall – Spring 2018
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