Amy Samples

Coastal Resilience Specialist


As Coastal Resilience Specialist, Amy helps coordinate the Michigan Sea Grant research program and is currently engaged in a small harbor sustainability project in collaboration with partners at the State of Michigan. She previously lead a climate project supported by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) and coordinated the Great Lakes Green Marina Outreach and Education Project, a regional collaboration of Great Lakes Clean Marina programs. Amy joined Sea Grant in 2011 and is based at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.


  • M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
  • B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resources, Clemson University

Professional Interests

  • Freshwater conservation
  • Boating, marinas and harbors
  • Ecosystem-based management

Professional Experience

  • Coastal Resilience Specialist at Michigan Sea Grant, 2011-present
  • Doris Duke Conservation Fellow/Project Associate at Huron River Watershed Council, 2010
  • Research Fellow, Ecosystem Management Initiative, 2009-2010
  • Conservation Coordinator at Maryland/D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, 2008
  • Philanthropy Coordinator at Maryland/D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, 2005-2007
  • Nature Director; Outdoor Educator at South Shore YMCA, 2004

Phone: (734) 647-0766
Fax: (734) 647-0768

Michigan Sea Grant
520 E. Liberty St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2210