Samantha Larson

Science Writer


  • Writing and reporting
  • Editing
  • Media relations

Samantha joined Washington Sea Grant in May 2017. As the WSG science writer, Samantha helps bring the organization’s work to the public by writing and editing content that ranges from feature stories to news releases to federal reports. She also mentors WSG science communication fellows and serves as the editor of the Sea Star print newsletter as well as WSG’s monthly email newsletter (sign up for the newsletter here). She is co-author of the second edition of Heaven on the Half Shell, a book about oyster farming in the Pacific Northwest to be published by UW Press in late 2022.  

Originally from Long Beach, California, Samantha moved to Seattle in February 2014 as one of the first editorial fellows at the environmental online magazine In addition to her work at WSG, she is a freelance writer who specializes in science, the environment and outdoor adventure. Her writing and reporting has appeared in dozens of online and print publications including Outside, National Geographic, and High Country News. Her biggest claim to fame is that she was once the youngest person to have climbed the highest mountain on each continent. Her blog on climbing Mount Everest has been re-published by K–12 textbooks across the country. 

Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Earth Systems (Oceans Track) from Stanford University.

Selected Work