Samantha Caldwell

Hiking in Glacier

Research Lab Asst.

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Office Phone:  406-982-3301   x247

Samantha moved from southeastern Appalachia to the northwestern Rocky Mountains in 2010 to pursue a Master of Science in Systems Ecology at Flathead Lake Biological Station. Her thesis research asked how floodplain succession and landscape position influence nitrogen cycling in groundwater-fed streams on the Nyack Floodplain in northwestern Montana. Samantha's interest in aquatic biogeochemistry led to her current position as an analyst in the Freshwater Research Laboratory at FLBS. The Crown of the Continent is now considered home to Samantha, and when she's not in the lab you can find her swimming in a lake, floating a river, or hiking with her three dogs.

Research Interests

  • Ecosystem ecology
  • Aquatic biogeochemistry
  • Limnology
  • Floodplain-river interactions


  • M.S. 2012. Systems Ecology. University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • B.S. 2008. Ecology & Environmental Biology. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC


  • Caldwell, S.K., M. Peipoch and H.M. Valett. In press. Spatial drivers of ecosystem structure and function in a floodplain riverscape: springbrook nutrient dynamics. Freshwater Science DOI: 10.1086/679300


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