Samantha Alex Gordine

Dr. Samantha Alex Gordine is a Junior Science Officer with ESF Science Connect, currently responsible for mapping research infrastructures in Europe as part of the EC funded MERIL project. In executing this role, she builds on her strong background in inter-disciplinary research, statistics and data analysis.

Since joining ESF, Samantha has also assisted in ongoing peer review missions. Further she has recently served as an early-career expert for the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in Changing Climate (SROCC). 

Prior to taking up her role at ESF, Samantha supported the Irish non-for-profit awards programme, the Undergraduate Awards, in their development and internationalisation efforts within the Higher Education sector. Meanwhile, Samantha was shortlisted and named as the reserve candidate for the 2017/18 Fulbright-Royal Society of Edinburgh Scholar Award for a proposal building on the results of her doctoral studies. 

Samantha completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 2017.  Her PhD research focused on the diving behaviour of seals in relation to the oceanographic environment, and Samantha continues to publish and follow the developments in this research field. In 2013, she received a first-class degree in BSc (Hons) Marine Biology from the University of St Andrews and obtained the Deans’ List Award for her academic achievements. For her Honours thesis, she received the ‘Highly Commended’ award in ‘Life Science’ category from the international awards programme ‘The Undergraduate Awards’. Between 2007-2012, Samantha repeatedly worked in the research group of Prof. Seth J Davis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. 

Generally, Samantha is enthusiastic about marine science and related topics such as marine policy, education and science communication. In the future, Samantha is looking to develop her work experience in the direction of marine (polar) policy or consulting; as well staying involved in marine research and outreach activities. 

Samantha is a German and English native speaker, and has basic conversational knowledge of French, Norwegian and Afrikaans.